Population Matters Update

From the CEO


According to a report on global land use recently released by the United Nations Environmental Program, "An effective policy to control human fertility and thus growth of the world population may have a more pronounced impact on future food security than efforts to enhance crop yields."

Morgan Freeman recently spoke out about overpopulation.

The late Pete Seeger sang about population growth in 2012. Any songwriters amongst us?

More from the CEO

News stories

Three-quarters of species are predicted to disappear, particularly if climate change depletes water resources. That includes fish species. A major reason is the growing demand for food.

University of Exeter researchers recently released a study indicating that green spaces have a lasting positive effect on well-being. By contrast, air pollution has recently been linked to heart attacks.

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A recent study found that investing in developing world family planning prevents unwanted births and reduces maternal and child deaths.

Many young Brits are jobless and depressed due to job competition or working but can't afford a home because demand is outstripping supply. The situation is similar in other countries.

Schools in the UK must now make public how they teach sex education. With UK schools failing to teach sexual consent well, the Sex Education Forum, which we have joined, is developing its own material.

More news stories

Our activities


We've completed research on how population growth makes achieving carbon emissions targets harder. We've also summarised all of our recent research studies.

We're speaking regularly on local radio and to local groups. We received coverage in The Independent at the end of last month.

We recently helped the Bowes Museum in County Durham raise funds for artist Gavin Turk's population-themed retrospective.

PopOffsets is funding family planning in the US via the Utah Population and Environmental Coalition.

More of our activities

Things you can do

Climate Week begins on 3rd March — participate in activities in your area.

Free wills month in the UK also starts on 3rd March. Save money!

Population Matters website

We've made some changes to our website lately. Let us know what you think by taking our online survey.

Design our festive season greeting card for 2104 and win money and promotional items.

If you'd like to speak on population, join our speakers' panel. If you're a geography teacher, get in touch to participate in our educational work.

More things you can

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We now have branded fleeces and sweatshirts available for sale.

The population-related film Mother can now be purchased on DVD from an online outlet.

Our patron John Guillebaud is planning an event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his Environment Time Capsule. The event will be held in Kew in June. More details will be available shortly — let us know if you'd like to attend.

Some new books worth reading: Ed Conduit's Unsustainable Population, which is free to download; Liz Cripps' Climate Change and the Moral Agent, which is about personal responsibility for environmental action, and Farmageddon, which is about factory farming.


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