Population Matters

When the stars went out

When the stars went out

That half of the UK population cannot see many stars, according to a recent report, may seem a small issue when set against humanity’s need for housing, food and water, not to speak of climate change or biodiversity loss. Official responses focus on the immediate issue of public lighting. Yet the underlying cause is the acceptance by default of diminishing quality of life, and diminishing wildlife, as our numbers continue to climb.

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Population Concern groups meet in London

It was great to meet representatives of Population Institute, Population Institute Canada, Population Media Center and Sustainable Population Australia during the recent Planet Under Pressure conference. We face many of the same issues and population is of course a global problem. The number of population concern groups is growing as our listing shows.

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New play in London on population

Have just picked up on a new play in London on the subject of population. Called ‘Ten billion’, it is on at the Royal Court Theatre from 12 July to 11 August. Some performances are already sold out.

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Planet under Pressure mentions population…just

At the end of this gathering of 3000 scientists from around the globe on the subject of sustainability as we approach Rio+20, the closing declaration warned of a humanitarian emergency on a global scale. Bit of a downer but that is scientists for you. More money for research is called for, as one might expect. Population is mentioned in the declaration in passing (point 4 in case you miss it) and was the subject of three of the very many parallel sessions held over the four days. Our stall, representing population concern groups from three continents, generated a fair degree of interest.

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