Around the world, ecosystems are being degraded by pollution, development, agriculture, logging and resource extraction. As human numbers and per capita consumption grow, we place increasing demands on the environment — demands that cannot be met without destroying the very resources we need to sustain ourselves. Other species are affected more immediately with wildlife numbers decreasing rapidly and species becoming extinct on a regular basis.
History is full of examples of wildlife populations that have been destroyed by unrestrained exploitation. Environmental measures such as protected conservation areas and banning trade in members of endangered species are essential but are unlikely to be sufficient unless we find a way of limiting human consumption to what can renewably be produced.
Population Matters is supporting environmental conservation and urging that climate change be addressed because preserving habitats and ecosystems around the world is essential for the well-being of all species — including our own. We operate at local, national and international levels, conducting research, raising awareness and promoting policy change.
Our members support us with their donations and through promoting population awareness in a variety of ways — in educational institutions and the media; at events; and by making family, friends, neighbours and government officials more aware of the issues.
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