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

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  • The gift of plastic – viral video diver talks to PM

    17 March 2018 Diver Rich Horner's video of himself swimming through plastic rubbish off Bali last week has now been seen by millions of people across the world. Rich is a Population Matters supporter who gave us this exclusive interview about his film, the reaction to it, what he has seen in the sea - and the decisions he has made about having a family. read more...
  • International Women’s Day 2018: #PressforProgress

    8 March 2018 ARTICLE Every year on 8 March we celebrate International Women's Day (IWD). It is an opportunity to celebrate achievements and those who work relentlessly to make gender equality a reality - and a call-to-action. This year's IWD campaign theme, #PressforProgress is a call to press forward and build on the momentum created by the many impactful initiatives that have emerged globally over the last year, This has never been more important, for the road ahead is still long.   read more...
  • Empowering women and melted ice: PM conference 2018

    5 March 2018 EVENT On Saturday, Population Matters' 2018 conference took place in London. Despite apalling weather in the run up to the event, hundreds of people turned up for a fascinating and engaging afternoon of discussions on the theme: Climate change and us: more feet, more heat? Our international panel covered a wide range of topics, including the effects of climate change, the challenges of empowering women and the future paths of population and emissions. read more...
  • Global Gag Rule – one year on

    22 February 2018 ARTICLE A year ago, US President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, leading to major funding cuts to family planning services globally. A year on, the effects are starting to be seen. As feared, the most vulnerable communities and countries - those for whom family planning saved lives and helped lift people out of poverty - are most affected. Of all regions, worst hit is Africa. read more...
  • Show the love with a small family

    14 February 2018 COMMENT Valentine's Day is when we think about who and what we love. At Population Matters, we do what we do because we care deeply about people and planet. We know millions of people across the world do too. For increasing numbers of us, choosing a small family comes from a place of love. read more...
  • Climate change and children – a growing concern?

    7 February 2018 Increasingly, people are taking climate change into consideration when making decisions about having children, reports The New York Times. Coverage of the subject in the past year alone indicates that these considerations are part of an ongoing, growing discussion surrounding climate change, the impact our growing global population has on it and how family size can help mitigate its effects. read more...
  • Pakistan launches new voluntary family planning initiative

    31 January 2018 Pakistan launched a voluntary family planning project to address pressures resulting from rapid population growth. By helping families use resources effectively, the project's aim is to enable economic stability and better health and nutrition for families. read more...
  • Population Matters conference 2018: Climate Change and Us

    26 January 2018 On the 3 March 2018, Population Matters will hold its annual conference in London - Climate Change and Us: more feet, more heat? The conference will examine the relationship between population and global warming. A panel of international experts and campaigners will discuss the issue and the solutions available to us. read more...
  • UK Sustainable Population Policy needed now – not in 25 years

    23 January 2018 COMMENT In response to the UK's recently announced 25-year environmental plan, Population Matters has made a submission to the Secretary of State for the Environment to call upon him to introduce measures to address unsustainable population. The government's policy paper has more references to UK wildlife populations than human population, despite it rapidly approaching 70 million. read more...
  • A hidden agenda? What population campaigners really want…

    16 January 2018 COMMENT Population concern often faces robust and sometimes hostile criticism - the latest in an opinion piece published in the UK's Sunday Times newspaper this week. Read about the criticisms - and the truth. read more...

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