Population Matters Update - May 2015 Part II

Population awareness

A special issue of Population Studies: A Journal of Demography has been published. Population - The Long View explores “large-scale, long term, interdisciplinary population problems”.


Amongst the United Kingdom general election candidates who promoted population concern were John Marrett of the Sustainable Population Party and Paul Carson of the Population Party UK. While neither was elected, both helped to raise the issue of overpopulation.

British group Blur’s new album includes There Are Too Many of Us, which has been viewed over a million times on YouTube.

Central London UK cultural venue Somerset House has permanently installed Gavin Turk’s neon sculpture Now, which shows the world population size.

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Family planning & women's rights

Mother with her baby. Photo credit:catapult.org

A woman in Sierra Leone is 100 times more likely to die in childbirth than a woman in Canada, according to the United Nation’s Progress of the World’s Women.

A new Global Population Speak Out video shows how improvements in education, family planning and gender equality have a positive social impact in many countries.

Every $1 invested in contraceptive services saves $1.47 in pregnancy-related care, according to Adding it Up 2014 by the United Nations Population Fund and Guttmacher Institute.

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Environmental conservation

Baby elephant

Experts recently warned that elephants, hippopotamuses and rhinoceroses face extinction due to being hunted and having their habitats destroyed.

Thousands of dolphins are being slaughtered in the waters off of the Solomon Islands as the value of dolphin teeth increases.

Global carbon dioxide concentrations have reached a new monthly record of 400 parts per million, according to the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Please join us at the Climate Lobby in Central London on 17 June. The rally will call upon the new government to commit to action on climate change.

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Sustainable lifestyles

Small family

We have issued a briefing setting out the benefits of smaller families for children, parents and society and exploring ways of challenging cultural norms.

The affordable housing gap could affect one in three urban dwellers worldwide by 2025.

Future global food supplies could be threatened unless the extent and fertility of agricultural land is safeguarded.

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