Population Matters Update

From the CEO

Armed men

Syria, South Sudan and other countries with high population growth are riven by conflict — hardly a coincidence.

With fierce competition for housing and primary school places in parts of the UK, government policy of benign neglect of population growth is coming home to roost.

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News stories

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report recognises the contribution of population growth to global warming.

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A recent study by Canadian researchers notes that as resources become more scarce, extracting them becomes more costly and has more of an impact on the environment.

A recent UN conference focused on population dynamics, and a UK parliamentary committee recently noted overpopulation's contribution to African instability.

Birkbeck College in London is launching an MSc in Population, Migration and Ecology at a free public event at 6:30 PM on May 15th.

The UK-based Population and Sustainability Network is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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Our activities

We have responded to a draft population policy from Friends of the Earth Scotland and will be interested to see what they eventually publish.

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We have also responded to the Beyond 2015 Values and Targets request for consultation.

We are making progress on our film.

We are once again advertising in The Oldie to promote population concern. Let us know where you would like us to advertise.

We are planning to commission research on housing, employment, ageing and per capita consumption.

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Things you can do

If you live in Europe, ask candidates in the upcoming EU elections to support aid for family planning to reduce population growth in the poorest countries.

If you live in the UK, ask candidates in upcoming local elections to support measures aimed at reducing unplanned pregnancies and matching people with employment and housing opportunities rather than measures promoting unsustainable growth.

Sex ed

Respond to the UK government's request for consultation on sex education.

Sponsor our runners and bicycle riders at this summer's big fundraising events, and provide support for the production of a film about the role of population in economic, social and environmental well-being.

If you would like to get involved in other ways, join one of our groups or volunteer.

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Diplomat, environmentalist, academic and Population Matters patron Crispin Tickell will speak at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in London on October 11th.

AGM registration information will be made available shortly.

Patron James Lovelock has an exhibition starting in September at London's Science Museum.

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