VANCOUVER, June 1 ( – A book released yesterday by the Fraser Institute notes that students are being pumped with misinformation on population issues through approved school textbooks. “Facts, not Fear,” reveals that school texts paint an inaccurate gloom and doom picture of world population, and attempt to transform children into environmental activists.

“Gaia: An Atlas of Planet Management”, a textbook used in some high school classrooms, looks at the human population as a cancer on the planet. Other books claim falsely that the food supply is insufficient to feed a growing population. In an interview with the National Post,  Laura Jones, the director of environmental studies for the Fraser Institute, said, “As far as I know, there is a long-standing agreement that public education is not the place where we advocate special-interest-group positions – but that seems to be abandoned when it comes to environment.”  Literature from radical environmentalist groups pushing their agenda abounds in classrooms.  According to the book, “Zero Population Growth publishes readings and activities featuring the harms of overpopulation. ‘At the heart of these ecological crises is the unprecedented rise of human numbers,’ reads ZPG publicity.” The book notes that the World Resources Institute has a Teacher’s Guide to accompany its annual report on the world’s natural resources. “To preserve biodiversity, it recommends slowing population growth and creating protected areas.”


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