Thursday, 5 May 2016, is an important day. Not only will Londoners vote for a new mayor and assembly, but also members will be elected in 124 councils across England; Wales and Northern Ireland will cast votes for their new assemblies; and members will be selected for the fifth Scottish parliament.
Such widespread elections are a perfect opportunity for Population Matters to communicate its vision to politicians. After all, they will take office facing problems that can all be tied to population growth in one way or another. A housing crisis, overcrowded infrastructure and a strain on public services such as education and healthcare are just a few of the direct consequences resulting from the unsustainable population growth that we witness in today’s society. High greenhouse gas emissions, rapid waste accumulation and poor air and water quality are perhaps less visible to the human eye, but arguably even more problematic in the long term for health and welfare.
Investment, technological innovations and process improvements may improve the situation temporarily, but as population size continues to increase, even these measures will not be enough.
We invite you, therefore, to raise awareness for our cause by contacting your local election candidates and asking them to support policies that foster population stabilisation.
To facilitate this, we have written two template letters that you can use for this purpose. Our general letter can be downloaded here, while a letter focused on Scotland specifically can be downloaded here. You may wish to send your letter exactly as it is, but please do feel free to customise it if you prefer.
We have also provided instructions on how to find contact details for your local candidates. Depending on where you live, you can find those here:
- London Assembly
- Contact details for election candidates in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Thank you sincerely for your efforts. With your help, we hope that after 5 May 2016, the UK will be one step closer to a sustainable society!