Forum explores ties between population, environment

Keynote speaker is international expert on women's health

Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Conservationists will join family planning advocates in Juneau on Thursday to discuss how population affects the environment.

The 5:30 p.m. Centennial Hall presentation will explore the connection between world population, environmental health, sustainable economies and empowerment of women, according to organizer Andrea Doll. She said the free presentation offers a global view of family planning and how it relates to the environment.

While Planned Parenthood and the Juneau Pro-Choice Coalition are among the sponsors, Doll stressed that the program - "Women's Lives, Children's Futures & the Planet's Hope: The Power & Promise of Family Planning" - is not a pro-choice or anti-abortion forum.

"Everything is related when it comes to combating the depletion of resources," Dole said. "There is not a person who does not care about this issue. This population issue is critical to all of us."

The forum

Where: Centennial Hall.

Reception: 5 p.m. Thursday.

Presentation: 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Question-and-answer period: 6:30-7 p.m. Thursday.

Speakers: Ellen Marshall, a specialist in international women's health issues; Judith DeSarno of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, Washington, D.C.

Keynote speaker Ellen Marshall, a specialist in international women's health issues based in Boulder, Colo., said she is fortunate to have experience as both a policymaker and advocate. Marshall is a partner at Good Works Group, a firm that consults with nonprofit organizations on communications, strategy, public policy and fundraising. She is the former senior program officer for population and women at the United Nations Foundation.

"I have been able to view issues through a variety of perspectives, which I will share," Marshall said. "I actually anticipate learning a lot about Alaska through the other attendees."

Marshall will be followed by Judith DeSarno of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, based in Washington, D.C. Following the two presentations will be a question-and-answer period from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. State Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau, will be one panelist. The event will commence with a 30-minute ceremony at 5, Doll said.

Supporting organizations include Juneau World Affairs Council, League of Women Voters, Northern Light Church, Planned Parenthood of Alaska , Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70, Juneau Pro-Choice Coalition, Alaska Women's Network, Sierra Club, Juneau Chapter of the National Organization for Women and Women's Voices.

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