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Twenty-six years ago, 1,700 of the world’s leading scientists urged humankind to curtail environmental destruction and improve our stewardship of the Earth, in order to attain a sustainable future. In 2017, the Alliance of World Scientists published a Second Warning to Humanity, supported by over 20,000 scientists in 184 countries, pointing to runaway consumption of limited resources by a still rapidly growing population
We are writing to you as a group of concerned zoologists, natural historians and conservationists – who are also variously patrons, trustees or staff members of Population Matters, which advocates that both the factors of human population and consumption patterns need to be taken into account when considering the sustainable future of our planet.
Illustrated four-page briefing detailing the impact of human population on the planet.
Intergenerational fairness is a welfare issue because the functioning of the welfare state relies on an intergenerational social contract.
The Government should consider population stabilisation policies to enable the successful implementation of the SDGs
Scotland’s population is growing, but more slowly and ageing more quickly than the remainder of the United Kingdom.
Indefinite growth in anything physical on a physically finite planet is self-evidently physically impossible.
DFID should prioritise SDG 3 (ensure health and wellbeing) and SDG 5 (achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment).
Each additional person requires £165,000 to be spent on housing, infrastructure, equipment and training, to extend to them the services, living standard and employment opportunities of current UK residents
While economic changes, urbanisation, technological advancement and environmental degradation all influence consumption and resource-availability, population growth determines the severity of the influence of each factor.
Following the announcement of £200 million cuts to public health in the UK, we examine the potential impact of these cuts on sexual and reproductive health (SRH).
In this briefing, the challenges faced by both public services, and the consequences this has for society, will be explored.
One in six pregnancies in the UK is unintended and teenage pregnancy rates are the highest in Western Europe.
As the world is faced with other more pressing challenges, resource security is gradually diminishing.
Unsustainable population growth impedes women’s empowerment, redirects government and household resources away from investment and limits job opportunities, while also lowering wages for those limited jobs.
Availability of fresh water is already a key resource issue for people in many parts of the world, and one which any increase inhuman population can only magnify. A