Today, on World Population Day (11 July), Population Matters, a charity concerned with population and sustainability issues, calls on individuals to have smaller families and for the UN Development Agency to prioritise policies that support them.
Simon Ross, Population Matters Chief Executive, said:
“Human numbers have grown beyond seven billion, and are increasing by 80 million each year. This contributes to conflict, poverty, climate change and the impact of natural disasters. Natural resources become depleted, natural amenities become polluted and the well-being of ever more people is threatened.
“Population growth should not be accepted as unavoidable. We should mark World Population Day by calling on individuals to have smaller families, and for the UN Development Programme to prioritise policies that support them. We should do this so that we can build a sustainable future with a healthy environment and decent living standards for all.”