– Collegians Asked to Discuss What Benefits Would Accrue from a Sustainable Population –
LOS ANGELES (January 24, 2012) – California’s college and university students are encouraged to finalize their entries this week for the California Population Awareness Awards competition which ends January 31. Complete information is at http://www.capaawards.com.
The statewide CAPAS program was created to build awareness among students of the state’s rapid population growth and the sources and implications of continuing growth. In just about 40 years, California’s population has nearly doubled. Projections indicate continuing rapid growth, exceeding 50 million people by 2050.
Submission categories in the CAPA Awards competition include video, radio, writing and social media. Entries should address the causes of overpopulation in California and its effects on the environment, wildlife and quality of human life and the future benefits that a sustainable population would bring.
The top award is $5,000 in the video category, with available prizes in all five categories totaling $12,500. Three iPad 2s also will be given away in a drawing from among the first 100 qualified entries.
The college competition is open to all students enrolled at least half-time in a university or college (state or private), a community college, or a trade or career-based school located in California who are at least 18 years of age by the time of the competition submissions deadline. In addition to information at http://www.capaawards.com, students can find links to other useful material on the population issue on Facebook at CAPA Awards and Twitter @CAPA_Awards.
CAPS (http://www.capsweb.org) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1986 that works to formulate and advance policies and programs designed to stabilize the population of California, the U.S. and the world at levels which will preserve the environment and a good quality of life for all. Since nearly all of California’s runaway population growth now comes from immigration, CAPS focuses largely on this issue. The organization sponsors public and media awareness campaigns, works with lawmakers to promote more responsible policies, conducts research and has a growing network of member-activists who are concerned about the impacts of overpopulation.