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Our distinguished patrons give us their endorsement and bring greater authority and a higher profile to the issue of population concern

(We regret that we are unable to provide contact details for or forward correspondence to them.)

Sir David Attenborough

Naturalist, broadcaster and former controller of BBC Two.

“The human population can no longer be allowed to grow in the same old uncontrolled way. If we do not take charge of our population size, then nature will do it for us and it is the poor people of the world who will suffer most.” [Video: Sir David Attenborough talks about the problem of unsustainable population growth]

Dame Jane Goodall

Founder, Jane Goodall Institute and United Nations Messenger of Peace.

“It’s our population growth that underlies just about every single one of the problems that we’ve inflicted on the planet. If there were just a few of us, then the nasty things we do wouldn’t really matter and Mother Nature would take care of it — but there are so many of us.” [Video: Jane Goodall’s message to Population Matters biodiversity conference, 2019]

Chris Packham

Naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author.

“There’s no point bleating about the future of pandas, polar bears and tigers when we’re not addressing the one single factor that’s putting more pressure on the ecosystem than any other — namely the ever-increasing size of the world’s population.” [Video: Chris Packham – Natural Environment White Paper]

Gordon Buchanan

Wildlife filmmaker & presenter, Patron of Environmental Justice Foundation.

In 2019 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in recognition of services to the Society and to the wider discipline of geography. MBE for services to charity and wildlife conservation.

Sir Partha Dasgupta FRS FBA

Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics, University of Cambridge

“Population growth, poverty, and degradation of local resources often fuel one another.” [Video: Partha Dasgupta – Nature’s Role in Sustaining Economic Development]

Paul Ehrlich

Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University

“Overdrafts on aquifers are one reason some of our geologist colleagues are convinced that water shortages will bring the human population explosion to a halt. There are substitutes for oil; there is no substitute for fresh water.” [Video: Endgame 2050 panel discussion, featuring Paul Ehrlich]

Adrian Hayes

Record-breaking polar explorer and adventurer, speaker, coach, campaigner and author.

“I’ve seen melting ice caps with my own eyes and got very wet in the process. But, as a passionate promoter of economic, social and environmental sustainability, it is pointless campaigning against climate change or to ‘save the Arctic’ without addressing the root cause behind it and virtually every other environmental or indeed social issue we face: our unsustainable numbers on this planet. That is the real inconvenient truth.” [Video: Adrian Hayes on YouTube]

Professor John Guillebaud

Emeritus Professor of Family Planning & Reproductive Health, University College, London, and past Medical Director, Margaret Pyke Centre for Family Planning.

“Should we now explain to UK couples who plan a family that stopping at two children, or at least having one less than first intended, is the simplest and biggest contribution anyone can make to leaving a habitable planet for our grandchildren?” [Video: John Guillebaud – Sex and the Planet]

Leilani Münter

Race car driver and environmental activist.

“The ultimate intelligence of our species will be determined by whether we face our population issue and get it under control, or continue to sweep it under the rug because it’s an uncomfortable conversation. The future of life on Earth depends on us doing the former.”

Sara Parkin OBE

Principal Associate of The Sustainability Literacy Project. Co-founder of Forum for the Future, Chair of the Richard Sandbrook Trust, Trustee of the St Andrews Prize and board member of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

“As the soaring demand for food, water and energy is exacerbated by climate change, it is no longer legitimate to leave policies for lowering birth rates off the policy agenda.”

Jonathon Porritt CBE

President of Population Matters and Founder Director of the Forum for the Future. Former Chair of the United Kingdom Sustainable Development Commission.

“Population raises all these questions about religion, about culture, about male dominance in the world — and (people) get very uncomfortable about that.” [Video: Jonathon Porritt – Why is No One Talking About Overpopulation]

Malcolm Potts

Professor in Maternal and Child Health and the first and former holder of the Fred H. Bixby Endowed Chair in Population and Family Planning of the University of California.

“Rapid population growth is at the centre of many of the world’s pressing environmental, economic and security problems…The antidote is family planning, which is not only a universal need but also a basic human right. It is not about telling people what to do; it is about listening to what women want.” [Video: Malcolm Potts – Avoiding the Next Great Humanitarian Crisis]

Judy Ling Wong

Painter, Poet & Environmentalist.

We need to highlight and make the rich countries understand that we’re all threatened and we need to share. By giving people the resources, lifting them out of inequality, concentrating on women’s health and ability to make choices, supporting them and having social attitudes that do that. If we do these things there’s a much better future for children and the planet.

Susan Hampshire OBE

Actress and population campaigner.

“It’s been so obvious to me for so long that cramming ever more people onto our little planet does it ever more damage — I can not understand why so many people find this so hard to grasp, and why so many Governments ignore it.”


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