“It’s our population growth that underlies just about every single one of the problems that we’ve inflicted on the planet. If there were just a few of us, then the nasty things we do wouldn’t really matter and Mother Nature would take care of it – but there are so many of us.”Jane Goodall – Primatologist and Conservationist
“The human population can no longer be allowed to grow in the same old uncontrolled way. If we do not take charge of our population size, then nature will do it for us.”David Attenborough – Naturalist and Broadcaster
“Population stabilisation should become a priority for sustainable development, including a strong focus on the empowerment of women and girls.”Kofi Annan – 7th UN Secretary-General
“You know, I have often thought that at the end of the day, we would have saved more wildlife if we had spent all WWF’s money on buying condoms.”Sir Peter Scott – WWF Co-Founder
“There can be no permanent progress in the battle against hunger until the agencies that fight for increased food production and those that fight for population control unite in a common effort.”Norman Borlaug – Agronomist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (Green Revolution)
“The wealthy nations and wealthy consumers have, of course, the greatest impact, but sheer numbers do count. There are ways that we can stabilize human population without unpleasantly imposed restrictions, namely with universal women’s rights, education and available contraception.”Rex Weyler – Greenpeace Co-Founder
“It is not feasable to expect a finite planet to support infinite growth. I am most inspired by efforts to improve sex education and contraceptive availability so women have more choice. I believe women have the right to have more children if they wish but that shouldn’t stop us from trying to better understand the issue.”Lily Cole – Model, Actress and Entrepeneur
“If we do not voluntarily bring population growth under control in the next one or two decades, then nature will do it for us in the most brutal way, whether we like it or not.”Henry Way Kendall – Physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
Human population growth and high consumption levels are at the root of our most pressing environmental problems, including the wildlife extinction crisis, habitat loss, pollution and climate change.
It’s not only about our individual consumption but also about the numbers of consumers. Numbers really do matter, so what is a sustainable population? Check it out here!
We seem to be able to adapt to a more technological world that is organized in such a way that it allows space for more people.
But what is the cost of it for our environment and nature, our livelihood? How does it affect the quality of life and the relationship we have with nature?
We do not often think about it, but a sustainable population could have many benefits. We list them here!