Population Matters Update - Part I

Population awareness

Development in the poorest countries is severely hampered by population growth, according to Marie Stopes International and other charities.

Young people

Population growth is responsible for a “ticking time bomb” of youth unemployment in developing countries, with just 200 million jobs for an expected 600 million young people over the next decade.

As the United Kingdom’s general election approaches, we are calling on the competing parties to promote smaller families and limit net migration. Despite being one of Europe’s most densely populated countries, the UK has one of its highest rates of population growth.

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Family planning & women's rights

Providing access to contraception is estimated to be the second most cost-effective development tool after trade liberalization, with $120 of benefits for each $1 spent.

Young Iranian women

Draft laws in Iran reduce women to “baby-making machines”, according to Amnesty International. The laws would make sterilization illegal, ban the promotion of contraception and make it difficult for childless women to gain employment.

Marie Stopes International provided contraception to a record 18 million women last year, which averted an estimated 16,000 maternal deaths and four million unsafe abortions.

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Environmental conservation

Mercury levels are increasing in Arctic wildlife due to atmospheric pollution. For example, mercury pollution has risen nearly 50-fold in the feathers of endangered ivory gulls over the past 130 years — with implications for the birds' ability to reproduce and raise chicks.

Arctic sea ice

Arctic sea ice thinned by two-thirds between 1975 and 2012 and has fallen to its lowest recorded level for the winter season.

One in 10 wild bee species in Europe is now facing extinction due to pressure from intensive farming, pesticide use, urban development and climate change. A further five per cent are likely to be threatened in the near future.

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Sustainable lifestyles

Our chief executive, Simon Ross, explains why green economies must consider the impact of population growth in order to deliver prosperity within one-planet limits.

People collecting water

The World Economic Forum has listed water crises as the world’s number one risk in its recently released Global Risk Assessment.

The world is running out of space to bury the dead — some cities are even struggling to find room for ashes.

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