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

monarch butterfly
17 January 2019

Global insect collapse threatens all life on Earth

Recently documented insect population crashes in Puerto Rico and Germany reflect a worrying global trend that is gaining increasing media coverage for good reason: insects are essential for the healthy function of ecosystems. The named culprits are climate change, habitat destruction and pesticides use, all of which are driven and amplified by our growing numbers.

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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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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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Protect global family planning from US cuts

The Trump administration has slashed foreign aid support for family planning in some of the world's poorest countries. High quality family planning empowers womern and communities, prevents maternal and childhood deaths and illnesses and helps reduce population growth. Support the campaign to defend family planning where it is desperately needed.

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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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