Having Kids partners with faculty and students from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, Institute for Human-Animal Connection to study the impact of the Fair Start model in communities.
Voices for Biodiversity is an online, multimedia platform that shares the stories of people from around the globe about their experiences with biodiversity and other species. Our primary focus is on sharing the voices of those who usually would not be heard: indigenous and local peoples, women, youth, and others. This approach has resulted in the creation of a growing, interactive global community of people from all walks of life, who not only share their stories with the world, but also become resources for each other to take action to protect biodiversity and other species.
“Smaller families are more prosperous families. They are able to form communities that invest more resources, time, and love into their children’s education. It impacts economic inequality and childhood development in profound and meaningful ways. It is also a pathway to significant reductions in greenhouse gases and global warming. Without question, a planned family is the pathway to a better future for everyone. With a new universal and human rights-based system, like the child-first Fair Start model, we can move towards a brilliant and holistic approach to family planning. It’s time for a change.”
Michael Shank, Ph.D., is the Communications Director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, a group of international cities committed to achieving aggressive long-term carbon reduction goals. Michael’s professional career includes leading press and/or policy shops at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Climate Nexus (clients included the United Nations, Vatican City, The White House, and Fortune 500 Companies), Friends Committee on National Legislation, U.S. Congress (Mike Honda), Institute for Economics and Peace, Biodiversity Northwest, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and more.
Michael’s academic career includes a Ph.D. from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and is focused on climate conflict. Michael is adjunct faculty at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, where he teaches graduate courses on Sustainable Development, Power and Politics and Climate and Security. Shank is also adjunct faculty and a board member at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, where he teaches graduate courses on Communicating Conflict.
Michael is a former columnist for the Washington Post and US News & World Report and a contributor to USA Today, CNN, The Guardian, TIME, Fast Company, MSNBC and more.
Michael lives in Brandon, Vermont, chairs the town’s Planning Commission and Energy Committee and serves on the boards of Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce, Safer Society Foundation, Friends of Brandon Town Hall and Compass Music and Arts Foundation.
Alexandra is an actress who has appeared in over 100 films and television shows. She is most known for her 5 year stint on the tv show Baywatch.
According to Alexandra: “The brilliant part of the Having Kids’ approach is the move from a parent-centric family planning model (‘Hmmm, how many kids do I want? What do I want my family to look like?’) to a child-centric paradigm prioritizing the needs of the children (‘What is the best family size for my kid, on a personal, community and global scale?’). Looking at the world this way takes into consideration environmental, economic and quality of life issues and puts us on the path of creating a more equitable world for future generations. It has changed the way I look at the work I do on the human overpopulation issue.”
Alexandra started her environmental activism at age 7, when she wrote to the President of the United States about pollution. Since then, she has won the International Green Cross award for environmental leadership in Hollywood and the United Nations has honored her for her work on the human overpopulation issue. Alexandra was the ACLU of Southern California’s 2005 Activist of the Year for her history of environmentalism, voter registration and peace advocacy. More recently, Last Chance For Animals named her 2014 Vegan of the Year.
Alexandra has been driving electric cars for 30 years and was featured in the documentary Who Killed the Electric car. She has produced an award winning educational film on overpopulation, and her TEDx talk on the benefits of small families has over 500,000 views. Alexandra volunteered in Sierra Leone with Population Media Center and last year spoke at George Washington University, Peirce College and Scripps Institution of Oceanography on the importance of lowering human numbers.
She is pissed off that people who care about climate change are not talking about overpopulation.
Lee Badger is a retired mathematician whose areas of interest included logic and natural resource modeling. Originally from North Missouri, he currently lives in Ogden, Utah.
What Our Supporters Are Saying
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“I didn’t grow up thinking I would never have children, and it took me a long time to come to this position, but now I see that my decision was the most proactive thing I could have done for our planet, the other species, and for my fellow human beings. Now I want to move to the next level, and ensure that when others do plan to have kids, they do so in a way that actually accounts for the needs of future children, our communities, and the natural world. That’s why I support the child-focused Fair Start family planning model over our current parent-focused / “nobody else’s business“ way of having kids. – Matthew Webber