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

Toucan
20 September 2019

Wildlife conservation is incompatible with human population growth

A major analysis found that wild animals in lower income countries benefit from social development (including improved gender equality) and economic growth while human population growth consistently causes wildlife loss.

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City
12 September 2019

The World and the UN Must Reduce Population Growth

The United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals imply that there is no longer any need to reduce global population growth, even though it is a serious problem that undermines most of the SDG targets. By adding a further SDG aimed at slowing the increase in population, the world could yet save the UN’s 2030 Agenda.

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Girl in field
3 September 2019

The most powerful action to save the planet is the most neglected one

As well as being essential to achieving a just world, global gender equality would make an unparalleled contribution to improving lives, reducing emissions and halting the destruction of nature. Despite this, it remains a chronically underfunded and overlooked solution.

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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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Population Matters

World Population Day 2019

For the first time, we are marking World Population Day on three continents! Join us in Lagos, London and New York.

Support our message: there is no sustainable development without a sustainable population.

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Our patrons

Our distinguished patrons play a valuable role in giving us their endorsement, and adding authority and profile to the issue of population concern.

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