Population Matters Update - November 2015 Part I

Population awareness

We have released a humorous three-minute video, Zombie Overpopulation, to coincide with Halloween. The video, which has been broadcast on British television, was produced by the Media Trust, and is expected to appeal to a wide audience — particularly teenagers.

World population will increase more this century than in all previous human history

Our World in Data has released an interactive graph showing world population growth during the past 200 years and projected until 2100. Their presentation shows that world population is due to increase more during this century than in all of previous human history.

The World Bank has claimed in a recent report that Africa will benefit from its coming “population boom”. Yet the report also highlights the benefits that smaller families and lower fertility rates would have.

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Family planning & women's rights

World Vasectomy Day will take place on 13 November. Those organising the event, which our PopOffsets project has funded, are asking for donations to crowdfund “Leaving the Genepool” parties and other events to celebrate men taking responsibility for family planning.

Honouring women's right to have access to contraception would also benefit Africa's economy

Marie Stopes International has released a report in which it advocates for further investment in contraception for developing countries. It is estimated that, if an additional five per cent of women in Africa had access to contraception, domestic product per capita would increase by up to 35 per cent.

The UK government has decided to hand the power over abortion laws in Scotland to the Scottish devolved government. This has been criticised by some Scottish politicians and women’s groups, who are concerned that it may undermine women’s right to choose an abortion.

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Environmental conservation

India has become the latest country to submit its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to the UN Climate Change Conference before the scheduled meeting in Paris later this month. India has pledged to cut the emissions intensity of its gross domestic product by one third by 2030.

Human activity is causing the sixth mass extinction

In a new report by the Anthropocene Review, human activity has been blamed for the sixth mass extinction of animal and plant species currently occurring worldwide. The authors argue that the only way to avoid catastrophic decreases in biodiversity is for humankind to offer greater support to conservation efforts.

Researchers at the Universities of Stanford and Berkeley have found that climate change is reducing productivity worldwide. Their report shows that, if the temperature continues to rise at current rates, global income could decrease by 20 to 40 per cent by 2100.

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Sustainable lifestyles

Roman Catholic bishops around the world have signed an appeal demanding that government leaders take action on climate change. They emphasised the need for governments to encourage people to lead sustainable, “prudent” lifestyles.

Population Matters at the Northern Vegan Festival in Manchester, UK

We attended the Northern Vegan Festival on 17 October in Manchester, UK. The Festival included a wide range of catering, animal rights and other “green” organisations. We received a lot of interest and are pleased to welcome some new members to Population Matters.

The UN now predicts that 70 per cent of the world's population will be living in towns and cities by 2050. In Asia and Africa, the increase may be as much as 20 per cent. This development will have implications for human consumption and housing needs.

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Population Matters Update is edited by Lily Chamberlain.


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