Population Matters

Speak out

Speak out

Some of the population-related issues on which you can speak out about are listed below.

We make briefings available to help you become informed, and offer leaflets and other promotional items to help you spread the word. Consider joining our letter writers group if you want to campaign in the media. We also offer films, materials, workshops and experienced speakers.

FamilyPopulation awareness

We’re raising awareness of the cost to humanity and other species of unsustainable human numbers and promoting smaller families as part of a sustainable future.

We’re calling on governments to set a goal of limiting or reducing their national populations to a sustainable level. This goal should be supported by relevant policies, including promoting the social benefits of smaller families, gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

What you can do:

  • When population-related issues arise in your place of business, school, charity, campaign group, community, etc., ask your representatives to raise the contribution that decreasing population growth would make to helping to address the issues.
  • Find out what your government’s population policy is — by writing to your representative(s) if need be. Check our Overshoot Index to see how your country’s current population compares with a sustainable level.
  • Support full employment and migration policies to reduce the impact of large unbalanced migration.
  • Ask that your government’s family policy prioritize help for smaller families, while ensuring that all families get some support

Family planning and women’s rights

We’re calling for more rights and greater access to family planning services for women living throughout the world so they can choose for themselves how many children to have and when to have them.

Woman visiting a doctor

What you can do:

  • Find out about your country’s family planning policies and call for improvements in sex and relationship education and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • If you live in a country that provides aid to developing countries, ask your government representatives to make family planning and women’s rights a focus of the aid.
  • Call for full women’s legal, social and economic equality in your country — in part by opposing gender-based violence.
  • Child marriage contributes to a lack of women’s rights and can mean larger families — you can obtain information about ending child marriage from Girls not Brides.

Environmental conservation

We’re supporting environmental conservation because preserving habitats and ecosystems around the world is essential for the well-being of all species — including our own.

What you can do:


  • Raise the importance of conservation where you live. For the big picture, see the Living Planet Report.
  • Take the well-being of wildlife into consideration when making purchasing decisions.

Sustainable consumption

We’re promoting sustainable lifestyles — reducing waste and conspicuous consumption and focusing on well-being rather than accumulating possessions.

What you can do:

Feel free to contact us if you would like additional information about raising any of these issues.

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