Position Statement

Current population growth is both undesirable and unsustainable.

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Optimistic assumptions required for food sufficiency for 10 billion people by 2050

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1. Climate change will not prevent continuing increases in crop yields;
2. Ocean acidification will not reduce fisheries;
3. Water will continue to be readily available for farming;

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Population and food security

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‘End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030.’ The world set itself a considerable challenge in the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Ending child poverty in the UK through smaller families

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The demographic dividend can accelerate economic growth

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The term “demographic dividend” (DD) refers to the accelerated economic growth that a country can achieve when it has a low dependency ratio or, in other words, when the proportion of its population that is of working age is greater than the proportion of its population that doesn’t work (e.g. children and the elderly).

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Climate Change and Population – Links and Trade-Offs

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 “The strong correspondence among emission, population, and GDP rankings reflects the importance of population and economic growth as emissions drivers.” (Climate data: insights and observations, Baumer & Pershing, Pew Center on Climate Change, December 2004.)

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A Population-Based Climate Strategy

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In 2007 the world finally woke up to climate change. It has not, however, woken up to one of its fundamental causes – human population growth.

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Population and climate change

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Introduction Climate change is the long-term alteration of weather patterns affecting our planet. In the modern world this occurs largely due to human produced greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, which trap heat in the atmosphere and alter the earth’s climate.

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Population Dynamics in Mitigating Climate Change

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Human population both affects and is affected by climate change. Changes in population size have implications for the ability of societies to adapt to the effects of climate change and for the patterns of consumption and production that generate the emissions driving climate change.

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Managing an ageing society

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Societies age when the age distribution of their population shifts towards an older age. This is a consequence of increasing longevity and falling birth rates.1

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