Population Matters Update - Part I

Population awareness

Lily Cole has stepped down as one of our patrons due to other commitments, but is still outspoken in her support. She was recently quoted in the United Kingdom's Sunday Times as saying, "It is not feasible to expect a finite planet to support infinite growth."

Small family

Having two children increases parents' happiness, but having a third child does not, according to an article recently published in the Population Association of America's journal, Demography.

An online course on how "to frame and understand rapidly changing trends in global environmental change caused by humans, and to assess responses that aim (to address) the consequences and impacts" is now being offered by Stockholm University.

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Family planning & women's rights

A new US $1 contraception is set to become available to women in 69 of the world's poorest countries.


HIV/AIDS and poor maternal health are the two most common causes of death for women of reproductive age. A key factor is lack of use of appropriate contraception.

Many couples in the United Kingdom are choosing to limit their family size to only one child due to financial constraints, according to a recent survey of more than 2,500 parents conducted by The Guardian and Netmums.

The United Kingdom Education Select Committee is currently holding an inquiry into Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Sex and Relationships Education in schools. Amongst other issues, the Committee is considering the current standard of teaching.

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Environmental conservation

More than 22,000 species are classed as "under threat" in the recently updated International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List. Union Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre said, "Each update of the IUCN Red List makes us realise that our planet is constantly losing its incredible diversity of life, largely due to our destructive actions to satisfy our growing appetite for resources."


Prince William has formed an unlikely partnership with Angry Birds to create a campaign to protect the endangered pangolin.

We could lose two-thirds of the world's polar bears by the middle of this century due to dwindling levels of sea ice, according to Andrew Derocher, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Alberta.

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Sustainable lifestyles

Poor nutrition is killing more than three million children each year, according to a new report by the United Nations World Food Programme.


Community groups, cinemas and schools are being invited to host a screening of the documentary Voices of Transition, which highlights innovative food production projects and techniques, including agroforestry, city farming and community farming.

California is now into its third year of drought. Homeowners are being told they must reduce their water usage even further while, for example, the state's almond industry continues to use more than 1.1 trillion gallons of water per year.

Communities in the United Kingdom are to be offered as much as 25 per cent ownership of all new wind farms and renewable energy stations.

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