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

Oil palm
21 March 2019

Population and consumption causing extinction crisis and water shortage

The latest UN Global Resources Outlook report reveals that natural resource extraction and processing is responsible for 90% of water stress and biodiversity loss and is driven by the combination of rapid population and economic growth.

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Butterfly
13 March 2019

Calling for action on biodiversity

As the latest of many scientific reports identifies population growth as a driver of biodiversity loss, Population Matters calls for action.

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Teens sitting on wall
5 March 2019

Gender equality boosts teen contraceptive use

A new report shows that adolescents are more likely to use contraception when women and men are more equal in their society. The authors argue that achieving safer sex among teenagers requires work to overturn sexist policies, expectations and attitudes.

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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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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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