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.

Jane Goodall on population

"We can't push human population growth under the carpet."

Video message from our Patron Dame Jane Goodall for our 2019 Conference on Human Population and the Sixth Mass Extinction, held in London on 27 April 2019.

Small Families, Small Planet

Current world population

Latest news

Small family with twins
15 May 2019

Small families around the world share their thoughts

We asked people why they chose to have small families and were overwhelmed by the hundreds of testimonials we received from around the world. Both parents and child-free people shared their views on small family life and how concern about the environment often played a key role in their decisions about how many children to have.

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Chimpanzee
10 May 2019

One million species face extinction unless we address population growth

A major new UN report on the state of the world’s biodiversity states that nature is being destroyed faster than ever before due to population and economic growth. Three-quarters of all land environments and two-thirds of all marine environments have been severely damaged by humans over the past five decades, leading to one million species now threatened with extinction.

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Winnie and Edu
30 April 2019

Letting the elephant out of the room: Our 2019 Conference

Population Matters’ annual conference in London this past Saturday left attendees feeling enlightened and inspired. This year’s theme was the crucial link between population growth and the sixth mass extinction. With an incredibly knowledgeable international panel of speakers from diverse backgrounds, it was a fantastic event that highlighted the interconnectedness of environmental and social issues and the urgent need for the conservation community to address this.

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Solutions

Population growth can be slowed, stopped and reversed via globally beneficial means. Limiting family size through women's empowerment and education is one of the most powerful solutions to both environmental and social problems.

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Welcome to the Anthropocene

We now live in the 'Anthropocene' - the age in which the main force altering the planet itself is us. Human population growth is one of the key drivers of those changes. It's vital that people understand what is happening to the Earth and how we can change it. Help us to spread the word.

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Population: the numbers

Global population is still rising by more than 80 million a year - and is most likely to continue rising for the rest of this century unless we take action. Find out where the growth is happening and why.

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