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 ourPatron 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

                23 December 2019

                2019 Year in Review

                PM director Robin Maynard reviews a successful year for Population Matters, but one which brought much bad news about the planet.

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                11 December 2019

                Larger population, larger people: humanity will require 80% more food by 2100

                A new study shows that increases in average human height and weight, alongside population growth, could cause global food demand to soar.

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                3 December 2019

                Big Baby calls for small families to cut CO2

                With the critical COP25 climate change meeting opening in Madrid, Population Matters' 7m-high Big Baby brought a critical message to Westminster on Friday: cutting population growth through choosing smaller families is vital to fight climate change.

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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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                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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                Our patrons

                Our distinguished patrons play a valuable role in giving us their endorsement, and adding authority and profile to the issue of population concern.

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