Population Matters Update
 

From the Chief Executive

Public housing

One reason given for reducing UK state benefits for those who have extra bedrooms is growing housing needs, partly driven by four million more people in the last 10 years, as our new report points out.

One factor in the UK's high population growth rate is poor provision of sex and relationship education — one in four miss out, and of those who receive it, a quarter say it is not taught well enough.

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Campaigns

The Beyond 2015 development NGOs have endorsed the population dynamics paper that we co-wrote.

Will Martin

Thanks to those who helped Will Martin raise more than £1,000 for us so far during his Cairo to the Cape cycle ride. You can still donate and see photographs and updates.

We have engaged an environmental consultant to prepare briefings and meet with leading environmental charities to shift their stance on population. We think that this could significantly increase dialogue on population and sustainability.

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Research

The United Nations Environment Programme Year Book 2013 "looks at key environmental events and changes in the global environment."

Roger Martin

Our Chair Roger Martin recommends the following books.

Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation - essays by leading Americans, including our Patron Paul Ehrlich and old friend Martha Campbell, edited by Philip Cafaro and Eileen Crist.

Scarcity - Humanity's Final Chapter? by Christopher Clugston - thinks through the rising demand for, and declining availability of, nonrenewable natural resources.

The Race for What's Left - The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources by Michael Klare - chronicles the increasingly fierce competition for mineral deposits.

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Events

Crowd of people

British scientist Chris Rapley will participate in a debate at University College London (UCL) on 6th March on human population growth.

Whither the Child? at UCL on 11th March will explore the impact of declining fertility in western countries and East Asia, and launch Whither the Child: Causes and Consequences of Low Fertility (Paradigm Publishers).

Michael Buerk, one of Britain's leading broadcast journalists, will be speaking about the "danger of human success" at the headquarters of the Royal Society of Medicine on 13th March. The event is sold out, but you can ask to be added to the waiting list.

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