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Alexandra Paul

The star of over 70 feature films and television programs, in 2009 Alexandra Paul starred in THE BOY SHE MET ONLINE, and co-starred in THE FRANKENSTEIN BROTHERS. In 2008, she starred in four films, co-starred in a fifth, and guest starred in the Emmy nominated series MAD MEN. Alexandra is also featured in the award winning documentary WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR.

Internationally recognized for her 5-year starring role as Lt. Stephanie Holden in the hit series BAYWATCH, Alexandra began her acting career at age 18 and starred in the motion picture AMERICAN FLYERS opposite Kevin Costner, DRAGNET opposite Tom Hanks & Dan Aykroyd, EIGHT MILLIONS WAYS TO DIE opposite Jeff Bridges & Andy Garcia, Stephen King's CHRISTINE, SPYHARD with Leslie Nielsen and two films opposite Pierce Brosnan.

For 4 years, Alexandra hosted the extreme sports series WILD WATERS on the Outdoor Life Network; concurrently hosting the WE network series WINNING WOMEN for two seasons. For 7 years, she co-hosted the environmental cable access talk show EARTH TALK TODAY.

In 1997, the United Nations commended Alexandra for her environmental activism. In 1999, she won the International Green Cross award. Alexandra was honored by the ACLU of Southern California as their 2005 Activist of the Year for her long history of fighting for the environment, voting rights and non-violence.

Alexandra has been a vegetarian she was 14. She composts, has owned electric cars for 20 years, and will not use any products tested on animals. She has traveled to Nicaragua with a medical aid group, and to South Africa to register voters. She also speaks fluent French, is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and has registered voters every Wednesday evening for the past 12 years.

In 1997, Alexandra competed in the HAWAII IRONMAN, a grueling 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile marathon. In 2006, she swam 10 miles from Lanai to Maui, and last year she swam an 11 mile ocean race in Fiji.

Alexandra wrote, produced and hosted the award winning films JAMPACKED, about the human overpopulation crisis, and THE COST OF COOL, on happiness and materialism.

Alexandra has also personally spoken, classroom-by-classroom, to over 6,000 Los Angeles teenagers on the issue of human overpopulation. In 1986, she co-founded YOUNG ARTISTS UNITED, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping teenagers in need. In 2005, Alexandra garnered worldwide attention when she was arrested for protesting the crushing of GM’s electric vehicle, the EV1.

Entries by Alexandra Paul

A New One Child Policy

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 5:39 PM

When China's Communist Party announced it will loosen its one child policy to help its economy continue to grow, I thought it was a wise move.

But not for the economy. Or for growth. In fact, I believe one child is the ideal number of children to have and that it is vital to lower family sizes around the world, including the United States.

I am against forcing anyone to have only one child, which is what China's coercive policy did. In the end, coercion does not change deeply engrained cultural and biological norms, and China's draconian measures to reduces its birth rate are no exception: even though population growth did slow and famine was averted, the unintended consequences were enormous.

In patriarchal China, girls are considered a burden on the family, as they do not bring in an income - they get married off and thus are not around to take care of their parents in old age. With only one child allowed, if a fetus was female, she was either aborted early, or abandoned or killed at birth, allowing the couple to try for a boy. There is now a large imbalance to the ratio of males to females in China: 118 boys for every 100 girls (the world average is 105 males to 100 females at birth).

Reducing family size can be done more effectively by educating girls, empowering women and encouraging birth control. A social security net for the aged and a society that embraces small families with incentives like tax deductions helps mitigate our biological imperative to procreate.

Allowing more couples to have 2 children so that the Chinese economy will continue to flourish is forgetting the scary truth that China has 1.3 billion citizens to house and feed, with now more on the way. When it comes to natural resources, China is rapidly depleting them.
China needs to prioritize quality of life over economic boons. Putting GDP first means a country full of busy factory workers- but with no water, food or clean air.

400 million births and untold suffering from famine was avoided due to the one child policy, but the Chinese government still has to buy up land all over the world to grow food for its people, like the recent purchase of a swathe of Ukrainian farmland the size of Belgium.

China has the third largest coal reserves in the world, but it is also the world's largest coal importer. It is consequently the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
China has 20% of the world's population, but only 7% of its water. 700 million Chinese in the more arid north live with "absolute water scarcity" according to the water stress index.

The draconian Chinese one child policy has put a 30 year black eye on the movement to stabilize the world population in a democratic, consensual manner. Its legacy must not sully the importance of keeping families small.

I wish for a world where humans recognize the benefits of choosing to have fewer kids. I hope all parents see that having one boy or one girl can be perfect. Governments can help by having a social security system that frees parents from financially relying on their children in old age. A young couple often has up to 4 parents and 8 grandparents to worry about, with no siblings to help.

There will be economic and social adjustments as human population stabilizes, but the temporary challenges of a decreasing, aging population are nothing compared to the finality of running out of water and arable land.

Capitalism demands growth to survive: more consumers buying more products means a country is "doing well", no matter how dirty the air, scarce the groundwater and crowded the land. This financial model is dangerous and any sane person knows we cannot keep adding more people rapaciously using up more resources simply to keep a man made construct like capitalism alive.

Let's continue to encourage one child families around the world, but without the...

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Better Sex Through Vasectomies

(69) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 9:50 AM

My husband, Ian, chose to have a vasectomy three years after we were married, when he was 35. Ian was worried about my health; I was getting infections from the contraceptive jelly and we didn't like the side effects of the pill. I started avoiding putting my diaphragm in before...

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Everyone Deserves a Second Chance

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 2:46 PM

Whaaaa? Alexandra Paul is helping market the Volt for GM, a company she so vehemently protested in 2005 that she ended up in jail? Has the world turned upside down?

In the world of electric vehicles, it sort of has. Five years ago, EV activists and...

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BP and Americans: Where the Blame Really Lies

(16) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 4:00 PM

By talking pretty much exclusively BP's inability to clean up this latest oil spill, we are missing the bigger picture. Focusing on BP's recent sins means we can deftly avoid our own, so we blithely bitch about BP without a thought to what role each of us plays in this...

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Prisoner, Marathoner

(5) Comments | Posted March 23, 2010 | 11:59 AM

Nowadays, so many people run marathons that it isn't the amazing accomplishment it used to be when I first started running as a teenager in the late 70s. Back then, people thought you were overdoing it if you ran 6 miles. But on March 22, 25,000 runners of all ages...

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FedEx Office Greenwashing

(3) Comments | Posted March 8, 2010 | 5:58 PM

I was in a 24-hour FedEx Office (formerly Kinko's) last week because I had to copy some tax information. I was in a bad mood because I am being audited. Having to copy receipts from two years ago irritated me. So I was chewing gum, in an attempt to soothe...

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Married, Without Children

(27) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 11:00 AM

I am childless by choice. It was a choice I made when I was a kid, after seeing the UNICEF commercials of hungry, thirsty children in crowded cities, swollen bellied with stick legs, black flies on their faces. At 9, I told my friend Susie Hollander, "I am not...

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