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Population Matters conference 2018: Climate Change and Us

Population Matters conference 2018: Climate Change and Us

UPDATE: Population Matters 2018 conference has now taken place. You can see a report on the conference here and video footage from it here.

On 3 March 2018, Population Matters will hold its annual conference in London. Entitled Climate change and us: more feet, more heat? Its theme will be population growth and its impact on climate change. A panel of experts and campaigners will discuss the evidence, the problem and the solutions from a range of perspectives.

Population and climate change

For too long, population has been ignored from discussions and plans to tackle climate change, to devastating effect. However, last year, analysis undertaken for a plan to reverse global warming – Drawdown – identified family planning and the education of girls as among the top 10 workable solutions available today. We are pleased to contribute to an initiative like Drawdown with a conference focusing specifically on the link between population growth and climate change. It is urgent. 

Last November, 15,000 scientists signed onto a letter warning that the Earth faces environmental disaster, unless urgent action is taken to prevent it. 

Their message was clear: the primary driver of the key problems, is population growth:

“[b]y failing to adequately limit population growth, reassess the role of an economy rooted in growth, reduce greenhouse gases, incentivize renewable energy, protect habitat, restore ecosystems, curb pollution, halt defaunation, and constrain invasive alien species, humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperilled biosphere.” 

Population needs to be at the core of discussions on how we are going to combat climate change, and part of the solutions.


PM patron Adrian Hayes – Record-breaking British adventurer, author, speaker, documentary presenter and sustainability campaigner.

Farah Kabir – Country director for Action Aid Bangladesh.

Judy Ling Wong CBE – President of the Black Environmental Network and Ambassador for the Women’s Environmental Network

Robin Maynard – Director of Population Matters

John Vidal – Journalist, commentator and former environment editor of The Guardian. 

Sara Parkin OBE – Principal Associate at The Sustainability Literacy Project

Prof Peter Wadhams – Emeritus Professor of Ocean Physics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge

Details and registration

The conference begins at 2pm on Saturday 3 March 2018, at Conway Hall in central London.

More information on the event and how to register here.


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