About Us

The peopleandtheplanet.com archive provides a compilation of reports and commentaries drawn from the Planet 21 magazine, website and videos over 21 years – from 1992-2013. With live links to other sources of information it provides a global review and internet gateway into the issues of population, poverty, health, consumption and the environment, past and present. It will be promoted in alliance with the Hard Rain global exhibitions project which shares our aims.

Launched in September 2000, this website replaced People & the Planet, the quarterly international magazine. Its institutional sponsors were the United Nations Population Fund, the World Conservation Union, the World Wide Fund for Nature International, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Swedish Development Co-operation Agency. Funding support has also come from other institutional and private donors. The archive reflects our belief that people, their consumption, their technologies and their numbers, interact with the environment of our planet in ways which need to be explored - and that a path needs to be traced towards a sustainable future for healthy people living in a healthy world.

Planet 21 people

This website was developed under the editorial direction of John Rowley, an award-winning newspaper journalist and former editor of People magazine, its Earthwatch supplement and other IPPF publications. He founded Planet 21 as a UN-recognised NGO in 1992 and was editor of its quarterly magazine, People & the Planet, and the enlarged website, which succeeded it.

Associate Editor Jeremy Hamand, is a freelance author and journalist with a special interest in international family planning, health and women's development issues. He has worked with a number of specialist publications dealing with population and the environment and as a speechwriter and book editor in these fields.

Assistant Editor from 1995-2005 was Maya Pastakia. A graduate in International Relations from the London School of Economics, she is now a human rights campaigner at Amnesty International, covering Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Archive Design

This archive was designed by Michael Shishmanian. Working as a volunteer, he collated and built this comprehensive record of People & the Planet magazine, its picture gallery, videos (made in partnership with North-South Productions) and People & the Planet website. He continues to host this website. He has our thanks.

Contributing Editors included:

Paul Harrison, a journalist and writer on environment and development issues and author of numerous books and reports on these subjects, he acted as Contributing Editor to People & the Planet, from 1992-2000. Now, based in California, he is founder and president of the World Pantheist Movement.

Dr Norman Myers, the award-winning environmental scientist and author of 17 books on environmental issues, including forests and biodiversity. A Visiting Fellow of Green College, Oxford, he pioneered the concept of biodiversity hotspots and produced ground-breaking studies on environmental security, migration and perverse subsidies. He contributed a controversial ‘Gadfly’ column to People & the Planet.

Don Hinrichsen senior development manager of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, based in London and a consultant to the United Nations. He is author of Coastal Waters of the World and co-author of the Atlas of the Environment. He has travelled widely to report on population and environment programmes and projects.

Henrylito Tacio, an award-winning journalist based in the Philippines, he acted for many years as contributing editor in South East Asia.

Editorial Board

The Planet 21 International Advisory Board included:

  • Dr George Benneh, former Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana
  • Dr Malin Falkenmark, former Professor Emeritus of International Hydrology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Ivan Hattingh, President Emeritus of the Television Trust for the Environment (TVE) and former Director of Development, WWF UK
  • Robert Lamb, former Executive Director, TVE
  • Mari Simonen, Deputy Executive Drector, UNFPA
  • Dr Pietronella van den Oever, Director Social Services Division,IUCN
  • Syed Ayub Qutub, Director of the Pakistan Institute for Environment-Development Action Research, Islamabad
  • Beth Robinson, Futures Group, USA
  • Dr Fred Sai, former President of IPPF, Ghana
  • Elaine Shaughnessy, former Director of Publications, IUCN
  • Dr M.S. Swaminathan, Honorary Director, Centre for Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development, Madras, India
  • Dr Patricia Waak, former Director Population Program, Audubon, Boulder, Colorado

Planet 21 Management Committee (2013)

  • Dr John Guillebaud (chairman)
  • Elizabeth Breeze (treasurer and company secretary)
  • Mark Edwards
  • Dharam Gupta
  • Jeremy Hamand
  • Don Hinrichsen
  • John Rowley