Population Matters

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We publish regular news on our activities and commentary on external developments.

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  • Royal Family urged to promote smaller families

    8 August 2017 A sustainable family planning organisation has called upon the Royals to lead by example and limit their family size. This comes at a time when research shows that the most effective action we as individuals can take to reduce our contributions to climate change is to have smaller families. read more...
  • Now we’re in debt: Earth Overshoot Day

    2 August 2017 This year, August 2nd marks Earth Overshoot Day, the date on which humanity has used more natural resources than the planet can renew in a whole year. As our population and consumption grow, the date of Overshoot Day gets earlier each year - a vital warning sign about a worsening crisis. read more...
  • The Road to 2020: London Family Planning Summit

    1 August 2017 The 2017 London Family Planning Summit provided a renewed sense of momentum within a sector that has recently come under threat. At a time when pressure on reproductive health is high and massive population shifts are underway, vital commitments to family planning were made by governments and international organisations. read more...
  • Smaller families most effective action on global warming

    21 July 2017 Last week, researchers published an article highlighting the top 'high-impact' actions individuals can take to reduce their carbon emissions and fight climate change. Overwhelmingly, having fewer children was found to have the highest impact. The findings were in line with another recent report which identified steps to manage population growth as among the most effective measures available to reduce global emissions. read more...
  • Meet Big Foot

    14 July 2017 At the Natural History Museum today, Population Matters launched our new campaign to alert people to the destruction of the natural world caused by population growth. The mascot of the 'Welcome to the Anthropocene' campaign is Big Foot, a provocative sculpture we're asking museums to exhibit. read more...
  • World Population Day 2017: a call for action

    11 July 2017 July 11th marks World Population Day, a chance to recognise the unsustainable impacts of continued global population growth, putting increased pressure on resources, the environment and those struggling to escape poverty. Yet there remains hope for the future, as action to bring down and eventually reverse population growth can be taken. read more...
  • Africa: Demographic dividend or population disaster?

    5 July 2017 Africa's population is expected to double within forty years. According to recent reports on African economies, while a growing working age population in Africa could mean a boost to productivity and economic development, that promise is fragile and threatened by the rate of population growth. The increase in numbers also threatens the ability of the continent to feed its people. read more...
  • UK population growth highest in 70 years

    26 June 2017 The latest population estimates for the UK show the largest annual increase in numbers of people in the UK since the 1940s. In percentage terms, the growth is in line with the average in recent years of a little under 1%. With the UK's population at its highest ever level, however, the actual increase of more than half-a-million people is the largest for decades. read more...
  • 16bn or 7.3bn in 2100? New UN figures say both possible

    21 June 2017 COMMENT On 21 June, the United Nations released new projections for global population growth up until 2100. Issued every two years, the projections for 2017 show slight increases over those produced in 2015 - increases measured, however, in hundreds of millions of people. The UN confirmed that global fertility rates are continuing to decline but remain very high in some of the poorest parts of the world. read more...
  • Floods, droughts and a billion people in danger in Nile basin

    19 June 2017 A deadly combination of the effects of climate change and an increasing population threatens lives and livelihoods across the Nile basin. A new report finds that river levels are liable to vary widely in future, threatening a population soon to reach nearly a billion people. read more...