Lily Cole has accepted the invitation of Population Matters to become its latest patron. Ms. Cole follows Baroness Shreela Flather, Lionel Shriver, Chris Packham and Sir David Attenborough in supporting the work of Population Matters, Britain’s leading charity campaigning for a sustainable global population.
Lily Cole is a model and actress. She was booked for her first British Vogue cover at age 16, has worked with many well-known brands and is listed by Vogue Paris as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. She has appeared in a number of films and was awarded a double first in History of Art at Cambridge University. Ms. Cole supports a number of environmental and humanitarian causes, in recognition of which she has been awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Caledonian University. Recently, she created Impossible, an altruism-based social network that invites people to give their services and skills away to help others.
Population Matters Chair Roger Martin said, “We are delighted that Lily has lent us her support. Population growth as a multiplier of all environmental and resource problems, and a major factor in many social, economic and humanitarian ones, is returning to the political agenda in the face of the growing imbalance between our numbers and consumption — ‘ever more people consuming ever more stuff’ — and our planet’s finite and dwindling resources. As she recognises, the population / sustainability link is an issue that most gravely affects her own and subsequent generations.”