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Founded in 1991, Population Matters is a membership organization that has thousands of members across dozens of countries. We promote a sustainable family size and mindful consumption in order to make the world a better place.

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Our vision is of a sustainable future with decent living standards, a healthy environment and a stable population size.

Our mission is to promote smaller families throughout the world in order to reduce human population numbers to a sustainable level.

Our goals include universal access to family planning services, an end to discrimination against women throughout the world and a global convergence in living standards.

Our activities comprise education, research, lobbying and campaigning. All of our activities are guided by our values.

Our income comes primarily from our many individual members. Significant contributions are listed in our annual reports.

The people associated with our organization include our patrons, advisory council, board, team of staff and volunteers and members.

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Detailed information about our activities and finances can be found in our annual reports.

Until 2011, Population Matters was known as the Optimum Population Trust, which remains our registered name.

We are a company limited by guarantee (3019081) and a registered charity (1114109). We are governed by our Articles of Association.

We work with other organizations within alliances. We have no other affiliation with any faith, political, trade union, corporate or other group.

We are unconnected with but entirely endorse the United States-based blog Population Matters.