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

USA at night
7 August 2019

US loses ‘football field’ worth of nature every 30 seconds

A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) reveals that more than 24 million acres of nature have been lost from the contiguous United States between 2001 and 2017 due to human development; the equivalent of one football field every 30 seconds.

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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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fruit and veg
24 July 2019

Despite economic growth, billions won’t have enough fruit and veg by 2050

A new Lancet study analysing the gap between future fruit and vegetable supply and recommended consumption levels found that even under the most optimistic socioeconomic growth scenarios, there won’t be enough to go around by mid-century.

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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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Scientists' Warning - time to take action

20,000 scientists have now signed up to a call for governments to take urgent action on the environment. No government has yet heeded them. Add your voice to theirs.

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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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