From Southeast Asia in the wake of the 2004 tsunami to the southeastern United States after Hurricane Katrina, we find stories of community resilience in the face of adversity. In a recent presentation to USAID’s Adaptation Community at the Wilson Center, Roger-Mark De Souza explained how policies that foster resilience benefit communities, allowing them to “bounce back better.”
Colorado has seen a historic drop in the pregnancy rate among teens and poor women, thanks to a pioneering family planning program providing long-acting birth control for free. In a new video from Women at the Center, Roger-Mark De Souza explains why groundbreaking programs like the Colorado Family Planning Initiative matter to the global push for women's empowerment and environmental conservation efforts.
Roger-Mark De Souza was quoted alongside UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Robert Redford in an Inter-Press Service article on this year's climate talks in Paris. IPS turned to De Souza to learn more about how resilience should factor into the negotiations.
As events and discussions centered around World Population Day 2015 begin and continue, we spoke with the Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza about the concept of “demographic resilience.” De Souza offers thoughts on its usefulness as a lens through which to view and assess the overall health of a community.
In the latest edition of the Review of International Affairs, Roger-Mark De Souza examines the ways in which demographic trends influence security considerations, highlighting some key considerations in light of the reality of climate change and drawing policy implications for the security, humanitarian, and development communities. De Souza suggests that when countries find ways to harness population dynamics they enhance their “demographic resilience” and find ways to plan for the shocks and stresses associated with climate change that may increase their conflict potential.
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"When Earth Day was first celebrated 45 years ago, it helped inspire big solutions to a daunting domestic agenda to fix significantly impaired air and water. The U.S. and the world seemed prepared to think — and act — big. But for climate change, we need to think big and small," writes Ruth Greenspan Bell and Elke Weber.
When the media covers population, it's usually focused on growth. In this interview with WHYY, Philadelphia's NPR affiliate, Roger-Mark De Souza talks about other demographic issues, like declining birth rates in Western Europe and East Asia, and how theses issues impact everything from climate change, to food security, to gender equality.
China Environment Forum's short film "Broken Landscape" has been selected as an Editor's Pick over at The Atlantic. The film examines how a dangerous type of coal mining has impacted communities and the environment in Northeastern India.