Population estimates recently released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) of the United Kingdom indicate that population levels in the country are increasing at an alarming rate. The estimate for June 2014 — the most recent published by the ONS — is that the size of the population at that time was 64.6 million — up from 62.8 million in 2010 and 59.1 million in 2001.
The estimates also indicate that the population increased by almost half a million just in the year prior to June 2014. This growth is in line with the trend of the last 10 years.
“The world is heading for an additional four billion people by 2100,” said Population Matters chief executive Simon Ross. “The ONS estimates should serve as a warning that we need to act sooner rather than later to reduce population growth. We are all affected adversely by the rapid population growth of recent decades. Examples range from pressure on housing and public services to environmental damage and climate change. It’s time for us to address population and find ways to live sustainably in the long-term.”
“We need to invest more in addressing these issues,” added Ross. “This includes greatly improved family planning and women’s empowerment together with public information campaigns about the immense strains that population and consumption growth place on our planet.”