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  • New parliamentary group on ‘Limits to Growth’ launched

    April 24, 2016

    COMMENT On 19 April, an audience gathered in the House of Commons for the launch event of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Limits to Growth. Speaking first, Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion and chair of the new APPG, discussed the group’s aim of bringing discussion of limits on economic growth into the political ...
  • Ask UK election candidates about population issues

    April 23, 2016

    CAMPAIGN 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 ...
  • Population Matters on Earth Day 2016

    April 22, 2016

    COMMENT Earth Day, 22 April, is a celebration of our planet and a reminder of the fragility of the ecosystem services we depend on. The first Earth Day was celebrated on 22 April 1970, during a time of heightened environmental awareness. Rachel Carson had published Silent Spring in 1962, lyrically describing the environmental harm caused by pesticides, ...
  • IDC ignores impact of population growth

    April 5, 2016

    COMMENT In March 2016, the UK House of Commons International Development Committee (IDC) published a report evaluating the UK’s new aid strategy, which was released on 24 November 2015. The IDC report commends the strategy’s commitment to spending 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income on international development, as well as its focus on fragile states and ...
  • The UK’s new national living wage

    April 1, 2016

    COMMENT Population Matters welcomes the national living wage that came into force today with open arms. We do not see it only as a positive step towards reducing inequality and improving living standards, but also as a necessary move towards a sustainable society; a society which can rely on a smaller workforce. The UK is an ageing ...
  • Long-term sustainable growth for London

    March 18, 2016

    COMMENT Population Matters is committed to creating a future with decent living standards for all; a future in which humanity thrives in a healthy and biodiverse environment. We share this vision with the London Assembly Environment Committee. In its recently-released report on long-term sustainable growth for London, the Committee mentions specifically on page 9 that the ...
  • International Women’s Day 2016

    March 8, 2016

    COMMENT Population Matters is committed to women’s rights — not only as they are the most secure route towards a brighter future, but also because they are a missing piece of the puzzle to completing the picture of a balanced society through striving for individual rights. To embody this worldwide battle, we take the pledge to fight ...
  • Improving women’s status is good for all

    February 23, 2016

    COMMENT There is nothing more important for policymaking, including of course population policy, than good data. If you don’t know what’s going on out there, you won’t have the ability to get things right, or keep things right. But gathering good information is expensive, and not every country can afford to produce the kinds of demographic ...
  • Family planning clinics for those in need

    January 17, 2016

    COMMENT Mary Adhiambo lives in a small village near Nakuru, Kenya. She has a large and, for the most part, happy family: six children whom she loves and for whom she wants the absolute best. It just so happens that, in this instance, the best thing she can do for her family is to prevent it ...
  • Sex ed combats gender-violence

    December 3, 2015

    COMMENT A report recently issued by Plan UK indicates that comprehensive sex and relationships education (SRE) can “influence a positive shift in the social norms that underpin violence against women and girls (VAWG).” Although SRE programmes have been shown to reduce VAWG and improve the treatment of girls and women in general in India, Ghana, Kenya, Serbia, ...
  • Population growth and migration

    November 25, 2015

    COMMENT The recent surge in refugees trying to reach Europe has brought renewed attention to the conflicts and power struggles occurring in the Middle East and North Africa. Very often a major contributor to the instability — one that commonly is overlooked — is population growth. The situation in Syria is a perfect example. The country experienced ...
  • Why is better contraception being restricted?

    November 20, 2015

    COMMENT Sterilisation and Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) such as the contraceptive implant for women have a much lower failure rate than short-term methods of contraception such as the pill or male condom. Thus the long-term methods are more cost-effective — their use results in significantly fewer unintended pregnancies. Despite the greater reliability and long-term cost savings of ...
  • World Vasectomy Day

    November 9, 2015

    COMMENT World Vasectomy Day is 13 November. The Day is an annual event intended to promote greater participation by men in family planning. According to the organisers, “World Vasectomy Day is about increasing quality of life by increasing the consciousness and kindness with which new life is brought into this world and old and other life forms ...
  • Fighting for girls’ education around the world

    November 4, 2015

    COMMENT “If I had an ordinary father — an ordinary mother, then I would have two children now.” This insightful quote is taken from He Named Me Malala, a new documentary film that tells the inspirational story of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager turned Nobel laureate who was shot in the head by the Taliban for standing ...
  • Chinese one-child policy relaxed

    October 30, 2015

    COMMENT The government of China this week further relaxed its one-child policy to allow almost all couples to have two children. Previous relaxations had meant that only about one-third of the population was subject to the one-child limit. Members of ethnic minorities generally continue to have no limit placed upon them. One reason for the relaxation is ...
  • United Kingdom public health spending cuts

    October 27, 2015

    COMMENT The latest budget of the United Kingdom government calls for spending cuts of approximately £4.5 billion (US $6.9 billion) to reduce public debt. Although the budget of the National Health Service (NHS) is not affected, public health funding that is devolved to local councils is cut by about £200 million (US $306 million). According to the ...
  • The societal benefits of contraception

    October 23, 2015

    COMMENT We for years have advocated increased investment in contraception because we believe it has far-reaching social and economic benefits. Marie Stopes International has released a report entitled Time to Invest: The Case for Contraception as an Investment for the Future that confirms this belief. The report indicates that in a hypothetical African country that has a ...
  • United Nations population projections

    October 21, 2015

    COMMENT The 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects recently published by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division reveals many projected demographic changes, but one in particular stands out: despite an anticipated decrease in fertility rates, the population of the world is expected to exceed 11 billion by 2100. This would be ...
  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    October 16, 2015

    COMMENT International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, an annual event intended to “promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries,” is 17 October. The theme of the Day this year is “building a sustainable future — coming together to end poverty and discrimination.” “On this Day we recommit to think, decide ...
  • Eurostat population projections released

    October 9, 2015

    COMMENT Data recently released by Eurostat indicate that the population size of the United Kingdom will increase by approximately 20 million and exceed 85 million by 2080. The data in addition indicate that the country will replace Germany as the most populous one in the European Union. The European Union en masse is projected to experience a ...