Population Matters Update

From the chief executive

The world is waking up to our uncertain future — with a popular UK science program wondering whether the most important challenge is food, water or carbon emissions and offering £10 million for the solution to one of them.

Malcolm Potts

US population concern pioneers will be speaking in London on 12 June.

We're seeking a new editor for our Journal.

University of California Professor of Public Health Malcolm Potts recently reviewed the missed opportunity of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo.

Raise funds for us by participating in the British 10K London Run on 13 July.

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News stories

International Parliamentarians recently met in Stockholm to assert the importance of population dynamics and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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The Population and Environment Journal has published a special issue on population and climate.

Population Health Environment charity Blue Ventures has been awarded the prestigious St. Andrews Prize for the Environment.

A recent World Bank report emphasized the importance of women's rights.

The EU has rejected a proposal by religious conservatives to halt funding for family planning.

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Our activities

We've published a new briefing entitled Why Population Matters.

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We have made submissions to the UK Labour Party policy consultation and the House of Commons Education Committee consultation on sex and relationships education.

Our latest opinion poll shows again that the British would like lower population numbers and believe people should consider having smaller families for sustainability reasons — not surprising given the continued surge in population.

We have been invited to apply for a prestigious Prospect Think Tank Award.

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Things you can do

Help our runners and bicycle riders meet their personal fundraising targets in events this summer.

Petition signing

Sign the International Planned Parenthood Federation petition for sexual and reproductive health.

In the UK, ask your local authorities and health service provders if they meet quality standards for contraceptive services.

Offset your greenhouse gas emissions with PopOffsets and help people avoid unplanned pregnancies.

Enter to win £1,000 for your favourite charity or a chance to live forever. Is the latter the ultimate in sustainability or its nemesis?

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British model and actress Lily Cole has become our latest patron.

We mourn the loss of French family planning aid pioneer Marie-Claude Tesson-Millet.

We thank member Paul King for his extremely generous donation — it will help greatly during the forthcoming fiscal year.

Paul said, "...anything that I can offer to help fund your work is needed now — not after I die, which I hope will not be for many years."


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