Population Matters Update - November 2015 Part II

Population awareness

The Pakistani Minister for National Health Services has stated that the population growth of her country is an issue “as critical as polio” for national health. Pakistan has the sixth-largest national population in the world, which increases by approximately 3.5 million people every year.

Half of the African lion population is likely to disappear within 20 years

The National Academy of Sciences has estimated that the population of lions in Africa will decrease by half during the next two decades unless a major conservation initiative is undertaken.

Anchored Minds has created a documentary about the impact of population growth on the environment. They are currently seeking funding to screen the film, which Population Matters sponsored, in schools and universities worldwide.

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Family planning & women's rights

We have released a briefing showing how United Kingdom National Health Service spending cuts will affect British sexual health services. The cuts will probably lead to a greater number of unintended pregnancies.

Approximately 20 per cent of women in the Caribbean have a child by the age of 19

The United Nations Office for the Caribbean has undertaken a campaign to reduce teenage pregnancy in response to high adolescent birth rates in the region. Currently, approximately 20 per cent of women in the region have at least one child by the age of 19.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women will be on 25 November. People are being urged to use the colour orange to help increase awareness of the endemic violence suffered by many women across the globe.

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Environmental conservation

The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs will be taking place across Europe in late November and early December. We will have our own contingent at the London march on 29 November — please join us.

We will be in Paris for the UN Conference on Climate Change

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change will take place in Paris from 30 November to 11 December. The principal aim of the conference is to negotiate an internationally binding agreement between countries to prevent the mean global temperature from increasing by more than 2 degrees Celsius. We plan to attend.

The European Environment Agency has released a new report on the current state of, and outlook for, the European environment. Population growth is shown to be a key contributing factor to the progressive loss of habitat and biodiversity over the past 40 years.

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Sustainable lifestyles

A study published by CSIRO has shown that Australians can live sustainably without sacrificing their lifestyle or disposable income.

A Sustainable Lifestyle Centre is being built in Yunnan, China

Some members of a green movement in China are working towards creating a Sustainable Lifestyle Centre in Yunnan. The intention is to promote a lifestyle that is in harmony with the natural environment.

Research by the United Kingdom Trades Union Congress has shown that the average commute is getting longer — the number of people spending more than two hours per day on public transport has increased by 72 per cent during the past decade.

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