Population awareness

We have published our manifesto on population for the forthcoming United Kingdom election. Our manifesto for the recent United States election was published shortly before that election was held earlier this month.

Pope Francis

We recently sent a letter to the Pope in which we called on him to condone contraception.

According to a new paper entitled Human Population Reduction is not a Quick Fix for Environmental Problems, "...if worldwide average fertility could be reduced to two children per female by 2020, there would be 777 million fewer people to feed planetwide by 2050".

"The speed and acceleration of unregulated urbanisation is now the major factor in urban violence," according to Robert Muggah of the Igarapé Institute in Brazil.

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Family planning & women's rights

Family Planning 2020 has released a new report detailing the progress made to improve access to contraception across the globe.


World Vasectomy Day was 7 November — the aim was to encourage more men to take responsibility for family planning. We help to support vasectomy services through our PopOffsets program.

We would like to thank everyone in the United Kingdom who wrote to their Member of Parliament in support of Caroline Lucas' bill to make personal, social, health and economic education statutory in state schools.

Vote online to support our partner organization Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme's application for funding to promote sexual health in South Africa.

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Environmental conservation

The chief scientist of the United Kingdom, Sir Mark Walport, has warned that, "If we carry on emitting carbon dioxode at the same rate, ocean acidification will create substantial risks to complex marine food webs and ecosystems".


Massive deforestation in Malaysia has led to an increase in malaria cases, as monkeys carrying the disease are heading into populated areas.

Britain's whales, dolphins, porpoises and sharks need protection, according to the Wildlife Trusts, which are calling for the creation of 17 protected coastal zones that would be safe havens from overfishing, pollution, boat traffic and marine development.

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Sustainable lifestyles

Best-selling author Naomi Klein's latest book, This Changes Everything, highlights the link between capitalism and global warming.


The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has declared that the unrestricted use of fossil fuels must be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid "severe, pervasive and irreversible" environmental damage.

Projections of educational attainment — something that correlates inversely with family size — by age and sex for 195 countries have been set out in a new book entitled World Population and Human Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

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