Population Matters



We mount a range of campaigns for a sustainable future, including working within relevant alliances.

Current Campaigns

Subnational population projections for England

We are raising awareness of the level and impact of projected population growth in regions and local authorities across England.

UK elections

We are inviting supporters to raise awareness for our cause by contacting their local election candidates and asking them to support policies that foster population stabilisation.

Public health cuts

We are campaigning against the UK Government’s decision to cut £200 million from this year’s public health grant, which includes sexual health, to local authorities.


Mandatory sex education

We believe that sex and relationships education should be mandatory in schools.

Ten per cent of international aid for family planning

We believe that access to family planning services is fundamental to slowing and reversing unsustainable population growth.

Ongoing Campaigns


We’re calling for individuals living in developed countries to be environmentally aware and limit their consumption. We believe the world’s poor are entitled to improve their living standards while calling for sustainable approaches to be incorporated into development.


Environmental conservation

We’re calling for measures to limit biodiversity loss. We should minimize exploitation of increasingly limited natural resources.


We’re calling for a greater reliance on renewable resources. This includes improving resource use efficiency, and reducing waste and harmful emissions.


We’re asking governments to integrate population projections into their planning and policies, and to promote smaller families.

Family size

We’re calling on people to choose to have smaller families.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights

We’re calling for high-quality, age-appropriate sex and relationships education that encourages respectful and responsible relationships and behaviour.

Birth control pills

We believe there should be universal access to appropriate, affordable and accessible family planning. We’re calling for the international community to devote more funds to family planning and for governments to have such access as a near-term goal. In some countries, Population Health Environment programmes are appropriate. Conflict situations and poor governance must be addressed to enable effective health programmes to be provided.

Women’s rights

We’re calling for an end to child and forced marriage, female genital mutilation and violence against women and girls. We support measures to secure equal gender participation in education, the economy and society.