About Population Matters

"All our environmental problems become easier to solve with fewer people, and harder - and ultimately impossible - to solve with ever more people."

– Sir David Attenborough, Population Matters patron

 

Our vision is of a future with decent living standards for all, on a healthy, biodiverse planet. 

Through our campaigning, advocacy and education work we influence policymakers, communities and individuals to make positive changes for a sustainable human population.

Small Families, Small Planet

Current world population

Latest news

Chinese baby
7 January 2019

US and China's population growth at new low

Population growth rates in the US and China are now at 0.6% and 0.4%, respectively. Whilst both countries achieved similar results with very different measures, a lower number of people being added every year is a welcome development on our overstretched planet.

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Sir David Attenborough speaking at COP24
19 December 2018

UN climate talks: disappointments and silver linings

UN climate talks in Poland finished late last Saturday night after two weeks of painfully slow and frustrating negotiations. But what was agreed and will the outcomes help avert catastrophic climate change?

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Migrants walking in Croatia
14 December 2018

Making migration safe

The Global Compact for Safe and Orderly Migration was adopted by countries worldwide this week. It's a welcome and positive move, but does it address all the dangers?

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12 February 2019

Human Population and Biodiversity: Red Herring or Elephant in the Room?

Our Head of Campaigns and Communications, Alistair Currie, will be giving a talk at the Linnean Society of London.

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Sustainable Population Policy

Unsustainable population is a global problem but individual nations face their own population challenges. As a UK-based organisation, Population Matters is calling on the British government to adopt an integrated, strategic and ethical Sustainable Population Policy.

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Population Breakthrough Appeal

Support our Appeal

It’s been 30 years since the UN established 11th July as World Population Day. We want to use the date to elevate population growth to the world’s front-page headlines – but we need your help.

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