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The Overpopulation Podcast features enlightening conversations between Population Balance Executive Director Nandita Bajaj, cohost Alan Ware, and expert guests. We cover a broad variety of topics that explore the impacts of our expanding human footprint on human rights, animal protection, and environmental restoration, as well as individual and collective solutions.

Aug 25, 2021

Are our decisions about having children really made freely – without pressure from government, church, business, media, family and friends? The decision to have children or not is arguably one of the most important decisions we make in our lives. It’s largely regarded as an isolated personal decision and a natural rite of passage into adulthood. But how personal, really, is our decision to have a child?This podcast episode features audio from the World Population Day webinar hosted by World Population Balance on 7 July, 2021: Pronatalism and Overpopulation: Challenging the Social Pressures to Procreate. You can view the video of the webinar at 

Moderator: Nandita Bajaj, Executive Director of Population Balance


Laura Carroll

  • Internationally recognized expert on the childfree choice
  • Author, The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds from Outmoded Thinking about Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World
  • Co-Author, Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World
  • Contributor, Voluntary and Involuntary Childlessness: The Joys of Otherhood?
  • Author, Families of Two: Interviews with Happily Married Couples without Children by Choice

Elisabeth Dimitras

  • Freelance researcher based in Greece for international anti-speciesist NGOs
  • Creator of educational online platform, Ethos & Empathy

Orna Donath

  • Israeli sociologist, lecturer, writer and feminist activist
  • Author, Regretting Motherhood
  • Teaches at Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University, and the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo

Dr. Amrita Nandy

  • New Delhi-based researcher and writer whose work on gender, rights and culture has been published in national and international books, journals 
  • Author, Motherhood and Choice: Uncommon Mothers, Childfree Women