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Alistair Currie, Head of Campaigns & Communications

Tel: 020 8123 9170 (24hrs)




Population Matters campaigns to achieve a sustainable human population, to protect the natural world and improve people’s lives. 

We promote positive, practical, ethical solutions – encouraging smaller families, inspiring people to reduce excessive consumption and helping us all to live within our planet’s natural limits. We believe everyone should have the freedom and ability to choose a smaller family and support human rights, women’s empowerment and global justice.

You can find recent Population Matters press releases below the information on our spokespeople. For media coverage featuring Population Matters, see here.

Note: in normal circumstances we do not pass on media requests to our patrons.



Robin Maynard, Director

Environmental campaigner, writer and strategist. Robin has held senior positions at Friends of the Earth, the Soil Association and the Forestry Commission, and undertaken work for Compassion in World Farming, among many others. He has been director of Population Matters since 2017.

Alistair Currie, Population Matters Head of Campaigns

Alistair Currie, Head of Campaigns and Communications

15 years campaigning experience, including at PETA UK, Cruelty Free International and Free Tibet. Alistair joined Population Matters in 2016.

Emma Olliff, board member

Emma undertakes selected media interviews on behalf of Population Matters. Childfree by choice, Emma is a deep ecologist focusing on farming and its future with regards to increasing population and decreasing biodiversity.

Selected press releases

UK could cut CO2 emissions by 38 million tonnes if it followed Japan’s population trend 8 October 2021

World Population Day awards celebrate the good news! 10 July 2021

UK Parliament committee backs population action to protect biodiversity 30 June 2021

Statement on UK population estimates for mid-2020 25 June 2021

Falling UK birth rate: poll suggests environmental concerns a factor 24 June 2021

Judged, worried and divided by age and gender: new poll on attitudes to family size 14 May 2021

Statement on cuts in UK contribution to UNFPA 29 April 2021

Statement in response to The Economics of Biodiversity: the Dasgupta Review 2 February 2021

New study: Population growth cancelling progress on climate emissions 25 January 2021

Population Matters Statement on UK overseas aid cut 27 November 2020

Poll: two-thirds want same or greater priority on extinctions as climate change 28 September 2020

"Dereliction of duty" as WWF ignores population in Living Planet Report 10 September 2020

Population Matters statement on Lancet global population forecasts 14 July 2020

New report – hitting key UN targets ‘impossible’ because of global population growth 7 July 2020

Statement on ONS population estimates for the UK mid-2019 based  24 June 2020

International Day for Biodiversity: population action vital 21 May 2020

Jane Goodall, Chris Packham and giant baby call for smaller families to fight climate change 28 November 2019

Nairobi population summit: time to start talking abut population again 11 November 2019

Population Matters statement on World Scientists Warning of a climate emergency 6 November 2019

Population Matters statement on ONS population projections 2018-based 21 October 2019

Population Matters statement on State of Nature 2019 report, 4 October 2019

Population Matters statement on ONS Overview of UK Population; August 2019, 23 August 2019

Population  Matters statement on Prince Harry Vogue interview 31 July 2019

World Population Day 2019: no sustainable development without sustainable population 9 July 2019

Population Matters statement on ONS population estimates 26 June 2019

Population Matters statement on UN World Population Prospects report 2019 17 June 2019

Conservation groups failing nature, says Population Matters 6 May 2019

Attenborough-backed charity says climate action must include population action 18 April 2019

Conference on population and biodiversity 21 March 2019

Landmark diet report: address population or starve 17 January 2019

Statement on ONS release on childbearing and family size 22 November 2018

Jonathon Porritt becomes new President of Population Matters 2 November 2018

Statement on ONS Overview of UK population 1 November 2018

IPPC 1.5 report: the hidden population warning 8 October 2018

IPCC 1.5  report: will it grasp the population nettle? 5 October 2018

Three-quarters want UK population strategy (poll), 10 July 2018

20,000 scientists ignored by policymakers – population groups call for action call 9 July 2018

Statement on subnational ONS projections and population by country of origin, 25 May 2018

“Vegan hippy chick in a race car” Leilani Munter becomes Population Matters patron, 16 May 2018

Population Matters launches crowdfunding initiative for grassroots empowerment projects, 31 April 2018

Population Matters statement on royal baby, 23 April 2018

Population Matters statement on limiting child tax credits 13 April 2018

Population ‘Factfulness’ – Population Matters responds to Hans Rosling’s Factfulness, 11 April, 2018

Population Matters response to UK government’s A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment, 19 January 2018

ONS UK population projections – a century of growth to come 26 October 2017

Traffic Congestion to Cost Nation Additional £9bn by 2030, 9 January 2017


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