FRONT ROYAL, Virginia, December 9, 2010 ( – The Population Research Institute (PRI) has just released the fourth episode of their highly popular YouTube series aimed to expose the myth of overpopulation through humorous stick-figure animation.

The latest video, available on Youtube and at PRI’s website, tackles the root causes of poverty and how to alleviate it.  It argues that mankind has always improved its lot by increasing (not reducing) the number of people.

“Reducing the number of people in the world would not make those who remain any wealthier,” says Joseph Powell, the creator and animator of the series. “That’s not how it works, and population control won’t change that.”

“We set out to be entertaining,” adds Colin Mason, PRI’s Director of Media Production and the video’s editor. “The idea is to artfully enthral the viewer, who at the same time effortlessly absorbs certain demographic truths, chiefly, that people in their numbers create wealth, not poverty.”

The series, which has to date garnered more than half a million views, has previously tackled such topics as the development of the overpopulation myth, the necessary replacement rate to maintain a stable population, and the myth that reducing population would solve world hunger.

“The fight against the myth of overpopulation does not have to be a bare-knuckled brawl,” says Steven Mosher, PRI’s president. “These videos are funny and easy to digest, the very opposite of Al Gore’s boring pronouncements on the ‘dangers’ of too many people. Our viewers end up considering the science that supports our pro-people position, often for the very first time. We say to our skeptics: watch, laugh, and learn.”

Find the latest video, ‘Poverty: Where We All Started’, here.


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