In November 2017, 15,000 scientists from across the globe signed up to a Warning to Humanity from the Alliance of World Scientists. The statement spelled out the gravity of our environmental crisis and the urgency of taking action to tackle it. No government has yet done so. Population Matters has joined other international population organisations to back the Warning and demand action from governments.
The human impact on the Earth is so deep and damaging that scientists are calling for our era to be called the Anthropocene – ‘the age of humans’. Currently, too few people know about the danger the natural world is in. We’re calling on organisations which educate the public about the natural world to face the facts and inform people about the facts.
We oppose the decision by the Trump administration to ban all US overseas aid to organisations which provide abortion or information about it. This decision will hit communities and countries where family planning saves lives and helps lift people out of poverty.
We are calling on the UK government to adopt an integrated and effective Sustainable Population Policy to address the significant challenges raised by the UK’s ongoing population growth, and the opportunities arising from demographic change.
We are supporting the campaign against the UK government’s decision to cut hundreds of millions of pounds from the grant that supports family planning and contraception services. We believe that access to family planning services is fundamental to slowing and reversing unsustainable population growth.