“Imagine if your job required daily immersion in news articles and reports that demonstrated the demise of the living world. Women dying unnecessarily in childbirth. Climate change causing massive food shortages. Parents giving their 10-year-old girls as child brides in exchange for livestock.
Sound depressing? It can be. However, Joe Bish reads, analyzes, aggregates, and comments on these depressing reports to inspire change. He’s working to inform, educate, and get people talking. He’s the Director of Issue Advocacy at an international nonprofit, Population Media Center (PMC), and his efforts just won him the annual Population and Sustainability Awareness Award given by Population Matters.” — excerpt from PMC’s Joe Bish Awarded for his Tough Work, December 10, 2015.
Sounds like amazing work and enough for any human to undertake, then you quickly find out Bish does more than research. He contributes to the Daily Email, a daily e-mail to subscribers with comments and a link to a critical or significant article regarding population and sustainability issues. In his Weekly News Digest, he compiles interesting articles relating to population, health, human rights, the environment, or economics.
Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER)
My first exposure to Joe Bish was his contribution to the 2015 Global Population Speak Out (“Speak Out”) project, creation of the dramatic coffee table book, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER) which features more than 300 pages of stunning, full-spread photography and was created in partnership with Population Institute. Several members of the Ecologistics Board of Directors received copies of the book while attending a memorial for international conservationist, Douglas Tompkins. I borrowed a copy. Reading it was intense and disturbing.
I am looking forward to meeting Joe Bish in person at the Oct 21-23, 2016 Deep Ecology Collaboratory where he is one of our Saturday topic leaders presenting Picturing the Population Issue: Snapshots from Around the World. –