Our Local Groups in the United Kingdom promote population concern and sustainability within their communities. If you would like to be put in touch with your nearest local group or find out about starting one in your area, get in touch.
In addition to Local Groups we also have Local Active Members. These are members who are happy to act as a point of contact and talk about population and Population Matters. Some carry out LG activities when the opportunity arises, such as reaching out to local politicians and people at meetings of all types, sending letters to newspapers, reaching out to local radio stations etc. If there is enough support Local Active Members could expand into a Local Group.
The London group meets every two months in central London, usually on a Saturday afternoon. We then plan our activities and often invite a speaker. Recent speakers at these meetings have come from India, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. We run stalls at various fairs around London as well as events in central London in support of Population Matters’ campaigns. We also have a presence on some Climate Change marches.
Over the year we run open meetings on relevant topics such as biodiversity loss, family planning, and conservation.
We now have over 500 members of the group. Join us and meet some of them. The more help we get, the more we can achieve. For more information, or to join the London Group email list for updates on our events, please email email@example.com
The Oxford group was started in 2010 and meets every 10 weeks on a Monday evening. We concentrate on deepening our understanding of population issues through presentations and discussions within the group and on finding ways to raise public awareness.
PM patron John Guillebaud is an active member of the group.
The High Wycombe group meets a few times annually in the Friends Meeting House. The group welcomes new members, ideas and input into its campaigns. Focus is on showing films and presentations to the general public as a means to promote family planning services worldwide. We also work closely with other local environmental organisations.
The Scotland Group, which was formed in 2009, holds meetings, staffs stalls at events, provides speakers and keeps its members informed about population issues relating to Scotland. The high point to date has been giving evidence on the impact of population matters in Scotland, to the Scottish Affairs Committee in Edinburgh.
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We have about 12 active members and more who are interested. Our activities are enjoyable and the public is interested and very supportive. We are having some influence despite our numbers and we welcome more members who share our interests and concerns.
Our activities include, holding stalls, meeting with influential stakeholders like MPs, attending Freshers’ Fairs in Luton and Hatfield Universities and designing vivid innovative messages. We have co-operated with Transition St Albans on their Sustainable St Albans Week, and joined the mass demonstration in London against climate change where several of us met with our MP’s, published letters in national and local newspapers. We always make it clear that the solutions we seek are humane and positive. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Reading group held its first meeting in February 2014 and meets at regular intervals. The aim of the group is to promote greater awareness and understanding of population and sustainability within the RG postcode area. The group works alongside the Greater Reading Environmental Network and seeks to engage with its members as well as other community and voluntary organizations in the district.
The Reading Group looks to provide speakers for other organizations, including schools. In addition, it is active in writing letters to local papers and communicating with MPs and Local Councillors' about population. In particular we highlight the population pressures on housing, schools and roads and the problems of dealing with flooding, traffic congestion and overstretched local resources.”
The Guildford group aims to spread the word about population issues by making the best use of our contacts in voluntary organizations such as Zonta, Humanists, schools & colleges, business organisations and NGOs such as the Green Party, CPRE and Transition Network. The group has a track record of providing speakers for meetings with an audience size ranging from a handful of people to a hall full of A-level students. Group members also speak at and take stalls to fairs and other public events at which they try to focus on local issues to make their presentations relevant to local people.
The Guildford group welcomes PM members from across the GU postcode area, which covers from Bracknell in the north, down to Petersfield in the south, Alton in the west and across to Bookham in the east.
SOUTH CUMBRIA AND NORTH LANCASHIRE
The South Cumbria and North Lancashire group, which was formed in February 2013, meets every three months to discuss population issues and decide on what actions to take. New members and guests are welcome — the catchment area is principally the LA postcode area, but people from further afield are invited to join as well.
The Hamphire group, founded in 2011, meets every three months. The group has approximately 30 members, including some very active letter writers — local papers seem receptive to comments on articles related to population. The group also holds public meetings at which speaker training is offered, staffs stands at local fairs and distributes leaflets.