Population Matters’ Submission to the UK National Food Strategy

Briefings and submissions

Population Matters’ submission of evidence to the UK Government's National Food Strategy, 25 October 2019.

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Soil
25 October 2019

Organic agriculture could increase climate emissions without changes in population and diet

A new study shows that converting all farmland in England and Wales to organic agriculture could increase greenhouse gas emissions because meeting the food demands of the UK population would require using more land abroad.

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Houses in UK
4 October 2019

UK biodiversity report: more of us, less of them

The latest edition of the most authoritative report on biodiversity in the UK has just been released - State of Nature 2019. The 2016 version described the UK as "one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world". This new edition makes clear there has been no improvement - and shows some of the impacts of human population growth.

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Older people
23 August 2019

UK population bigger and greyer

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, show that the UK's population is 66.4 million people, and that the proportion of people past retirement age continues to grow. Do these changes in the UK matter?

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Harry & Meghan
1 August 2019

A limit on royal babies? Prince Harry thinks small families are best, public agrees

Prince Harry’s recent comments on choosing a small family for the sake of the planet caused a welcome swell in media coverage of population issues. According to a survey, the majority of Brits agree with the Duke of Sussex that it is necessary to limit one’s family size for the environment, while newly released data on UK births confirms an ongoing trend towards smaller families.

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27 June 2019

Condoms cut carbon - Population Matters at the Mass Climate Lobby

Decked in giant condom robes, Population Matters and supporters attended the mass lobby for climate and the environment in London yesterday, highlighting the urgent need for smaller families.

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the time is now
26 June 2019

The Time is Now. Mass Lobby 2019

Join us in Westminster on 26th June for The Time Is Now, a Climate Coalition Mass Lobby for climate, nature, and people. Together we can send a clear message to politicians.

We will rally around Parliament, coming face to face with our MPs to tell them that The Time Is Now for action on climate change and the environment. We’ll snake round Westminster, organised town by town, village by village, and meet our MPs one-by-one to tell them that we want action!

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Blue tit
27 March 2019

UK nature under assault: failed biodiversity targets and water stress

The United Kingdom is already one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world, yet the onslaught on our natural environment is showing no signs of slowing. Two key new reports demonstrate that UK wildlife and freshwater sources face a dire future unless urgent action is taken to protect them.

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Population Matters letter to Rt Hon Michael Gove re Convention on Biodiversity

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Butterfly
13 March 2019

Calling for action on biodiversity

As the latest of many scientific reports identifies population growth as a driver of biodiversity loss, Population Matters calls for action.

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