Our population has become so large that the Earth cannot cope

There are now more than 7,700,000,000 people on planet Earth.

It took until the early 1800s for the world population to reach one billion. Now we add a billion every 12-15 years.

Graph of human population growth since 1050

The Earth cannot provide for us all and the natural world is paying the price

Biodiversity loss, climate change, pollution, deforestation, water and food shortage—these are all exacerbated by our huge and ever-increasing numbers. Our impact on the environment is a product of our consumption and our numbers. We must address both.

Human and animal population change 1970-2014
Learn more about population, its impact, and the positive things we can do about it.