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

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  • Big (royal) families are behind the times

    24 April 2018 As always, a royal baby gets a lot of headlines. We wish the new prince well but we hope his parents will choose not to increase the global population any further. Read our statement on how the royals are behind the times. read more...
  • Population “Factfulness” – where Hans Rosling goes wrong

    9 April 2018 COMMENT Prof Hans Rosling's new book has been complimented by Bill Gates, among many others. Population Matters shares Prof Rosling's commitment to a better life for all and to clearly understanding the facts. But, on population, he's missing what's important. Read our ten key Population Facts. read more...
  • Sir David Attenborough: “we need to come to our senses”

    6 April 2018 PATRONS In a recent interview, Population Matters patron Sir David Attenborough has highlighted again his concerns over population growth and sustainability. Calling for humanity to "come to its senses", he highlights the price the natural world is paying for our increased demands. read more...
  • Population growth – Global South leaders speak out

    28 March 2018 A number of leaders from the Global South have recently expressed their concerns about the impact of high population growth on their countries' development. While some governments in the developing world favour high population growth, the importance of smaller family sizes and the ethical, effective policies available to promote them are recognised as vital in most. read more...
  • 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...

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