The Ten Million Club Foundation (Dutch: ‘’De Club van Tien Miljoen’’) is a non-governmental organization based in the Netherlands which promotes global overpopulation awareness.
For the Netherlands, it advocates to match the population size with the carrying capacity of the area.
Initially, the foundation was calling for a shrinking population; later on the emphasis was put on a reduction of the ecological footprint of the inhabitants of the Netherlands.
The Club was set up as a private foundation by the Dutch historian Paul Gerbrands in 1994.
As the Ten Million Club was founded, the Netherlands counted over 15 million inhabitants.
The Club argued for a target number of 10 million people instead, as was the situation in 1950.
However, measurements of the ecological footprint of the Dutch revealed that this number was still far too high, given the population’s consumption and pollution level.
According to recent calculations of the 88Foodprints Network]] only 4.5 million people could live in the Netherlands in a sustainable way, given their present ecological footprint. A rapid transition to renewable energy as well as a substantial reduction of consumption could make a higher number of inhabitants possible, without the necessity to rely on or even exploit other countries.
Calculations of the ecological footprint of all countries in the world show exactly where the biocapacity and the available global hectares of a country are exceeded.
The Ten Million Club considers population pressure an essential cause of this overshoot.
Given the global impact of overpopulation, the Club does not only address the Dutch; it publishes in Spanish, French, German, English, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Russian.
The Ten Million Club tries to raise public awareness of overpopulation as a national and international problem by providing information on the drawbacks of population pressure.