Population Matters

In brief

In brief

Population Matters is a membership charity that addresses population size and environmental sustainability. We believe population growth contributes to environmental degradation, resource depletion and other problems. We conduct research, inform the public and advocate improved family planning and sex education, women’s empowerment, smaller families and moderate consumption.

  • We were founded in 1991 in the United Kingdom and now have thousands of members across dozens of countries.
  • Our vision is of a sustainable future with decent living standards, a healthy environment and a stable population size.People in a park
  • Our purpose is to promote smaller families worldwide in order to reduce human population numbers to a sustainable level. We also encourage reduced consumption.
  • Our goals include universal access to family planning services, an end to gender discrimination and a convergence in living standards.
  • Our mission comprises research, education and advocacy and is guided by our values.
  • Our policy positions are intended to address unsustainable population growth.
  • Our income comes primarily from our many individual members.
  • The people associated with our organization include our patrons, advisory council, board, team of staff and volunteers and members.
  • Our governance is intended to affirm our responsibilities, improve our performance and minimize risk. People working together
  • Information about our activities and finances can be found in our reporting.
  • Until 2011, Population Matters was known as the Optimum Population Trust.
  • We are a company limited by guarantee (3019081) and a registered charity (1114109). We are governed by our Articles of Association.
  • We work with other organizations within alliances. We have no other affiliations.
  • We are unconnected with, but endorse, the blog Population Matters.