Population Matters Update
 

From the Chief Executive

Windmill

The development community is focused on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development process. We welcome this acceptance that both poverty and the environment must be addressed.

There is increasing focus on population from expert groups devoted to development. However, many influential groups still avoid addressing population because of the difficulty in obtaining cross-governmental consensus.

Refreshingly, a new BBC series is asking whether there is room for wildlife given rising human numbers.

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Campaigns

We are working with others to highlight population internationally.

Woman visiting a gynecologist

Parliamentarians from around the world recently met in London to promote family planning, following last summer's summit. One welcome outcome of this focus is falling costs for reliable contraceptives.

We have joined the Girls not Brides coalition against child marriage.

We are participating in the Sex Education Forum campaign to improve UK sex education. The effects of today's "one-click" access to online pornography makes sex education more rather than less important.

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Research

Parched land

The latest of many warnings on water shortages was recently issued.

Most UK species are in decline.

The Global Thematic Consultation on Health for Post-2015 emphasized family planning, including avoiding unplanned pregnancies and limiting unsustainable population growth.

The latest UN figures indicate that population growth is higher than previously feared.

Mike Freedman's Critical Mass, a film on population, is now available to buy.

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Activities

Sponsor Team Population Matters in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 in early August!

Bicyclists

Rich Kaye is a public service doctor living near London. He is a keen triathlete, evangelical cycle commuter and sustainable living enthusiast. Sponsor him.

Ben Lewis is the young son of our administrator, Julie. As well as the cycling, he is planning to run 26 miles and row 10 kilometers, all for Population Matters. Sponsor him.

Gav McDermott is a latecomer to cycling. When not cycling, he works in technology and on completing an MBA. Sponsor him.

An article from us was recently published in The Networker, a magazine that goes to UK development charities.

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