Population Matters Update - October 2015 Part II

Population awareness

Our Chief Executive Simon Ross has responded to criticism from leftist members of the Green Party over Population Matters’ immigration stance. Simon’s response, which was published by Open Democracy, has received support from Green Party members and others.

A new documentary is predicting a population explosion in the coming years

US/Belgian company Anchored Minds Productions is planning a documentary about the population “volcano” the world is sitting on, which is due to “explode” with higher fertility and birth rates in the coming years.

According to a new report by Scape Group, the UK will require a further 1,600 primary schools during the next nine years to cope with the projected increase in population — that’s around 40 per cent more than the current number of schools.

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Family planning & women's rights

Malala Yousafzai has started an online petition asking the Global Partnership for Education to fund 12 years of education for girls around the world — three more years than the organization currently supports.

Many young women face stigma when making personal choices about contraception

We have released a new briefing on the misconceptions surrounding emergency contraception, and the options that are available. The briefing highlights the benefits of IUDs (intrauterine devices) and discusses the stigma many young women face when choosing this and other methods of contraception.

The Guttmacher Institute is establishing a joint commission with The Lancet to investigate how to monitor the progress of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in relation to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Environmental conservation

The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs will be taking place in London, United Kingdom, on 29 November. Thousands will gather in the capital to demonstrate for sustainability and equality. More demonstrations for the same cause will be taking place in Scotland and Wales on 28 November, with a finale in Paris on 12 December.

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has warned that climate change will wreak havoc on the world’s financial markets if developed countries do not act now to reduce their carbon emissions.

90 per cent of Zambia's African elephant population has been destroyed by poachers

New research conducted by the Zambian Wildlife Authority indicates that Zambia’s African elephant population has decreased to merely 10 per cent of its 1981 level. The decrease has been attributed to poaching.

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Sustainable lifestyles

The Green Festival Expo was held in Los Angeles at the beginning of October, giving young professionals and entrepreneurs the chance to showcase their inventions and products. The festival had the aim of promoting more sustainable lifestyles.

In Chicago, a sustainability initiative has been launched to provide residents with free barrels in which they can collect rainwater. The intention is to reduce the city’s water consumption and encourage citizens to think more about their environmental impact.

Fish are suffering from plastic contamination due to the wasteful throwaway culture in developed countries

A study by Royal Holloway, University of London indicates that as many as three quarters of fish in London's Thames River have quantities of plastic in their gut. The study speaks volumes of the wastefulness and “throwaway” culture that Britain shares with other developed countries.

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At our Annual General Meeting, Nina Clark, Colin Gallagher and Natalie WinterFrost stood down from the board and John Davies, Andrew Macnaughton and Ascanio Vitale joined it.

The following awards were made at the Annual General Meeting: the Jack Parsons Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor John Guillebaud, the Jack Parsons Memorial Award to local group facilitator Mike Wheeler and the Population and Sustainability Awareness Award to Joe Bish of the Population Media Center.

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