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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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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SDGs what's missing

Call for UN action on population

Unsustainable population is a global problem which needs a global solution. Join our call to the UN Secretary-General to take action.

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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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