Population Matters welcomes Lionel Shriver
June 22nd 2011
American journalist and author Lionel Shriver has accepted the invitation of Population Matters to become its latest Patron, joining a growing and diverse group of supporters who include Sir David Attenborough, Jonathon Porritt, James Lovelock and Dame Jane Goodall. In accepting, Lionel said, “I’ve been a passionate supporter of population growth reduction for decades, and this issue is close to my heart.
The world population will pass the seven billion mark this year. It’s a frightening landmark. From biodiversity loss to food and energy security to climate change, the damaging impact of our growing numbers on our fragile little planet is clearer than ever.
The solutions – good reproductive health for everyone, women’s empowerment, relieving poverty and encouraging smaller families – are widely accepted; but they lack the political support needed to ensure sufficient funding. We need to recognise that slowing population growth is one of the most cost-effective and reliable ways of easing pressure on our environment and securing a sustainable future for us all.”