Gillespie Foundation - Mission Statement
Foundation founded in 2007 to prescribe policies and actions to achieve population
stabilization, explore the path to zero fossil fuel future and preserve and
protect environment for future generation of children.
In 1850 the population of the planet was 1 billion, in 1930
two billion, 3 billion in 1960, 4 billion in 1974, 5 billion in 1987, 6 billion
in 1991 and this year will be 7 billion. Even if all countries achieve
replacement size families in South Asia and sub Saharan Africa, the population
will reach 11 or 12 billion. Since Independence in sub Saharan Africa, all the
populations have increased four times except for those that have increased five
times. With half the populations in many sub Saharan African countries below
the age of fifteen all couples would have to have one child family for the next
31 years to stabilize at current levels. Even replacement size families will
result in population increasing 70-80%. Any population growing greater than
replacement will eventually stabilize by an increase in the death rate.
Protecting wildlife and the environment, feeding the hungry,
preserving peace and political stability, achieving a smooth transition to a
zero fossil fuel future, provides a daunting challenge to everyone on this
planet. Beyond the necessity of giving all couples access to the contraceptive
means to prevent unwanted pregnancies, we are challenged to guarantee the
survivability of children, prevent adolescent pregnancies, increasing age at
marriage and birth spacing and reinforcing the value of small families for
parents, communities and the nation.