Breaking the Taboo about Human Population Growth a talk by Population Matters



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John Collier from Population Matters will be discussing the taboo subject of human population growth.

In the last 85 years the human population has grown from 2 to 7 billion, but few are willing to discuss the impact of this number of people on a finite planet.

Population Matters is the leading population charity in the UK and campaign to change the way people think about population. It supports a voluntary reduction in population to a level that enables an acceptable quality of life for all, that protects wildlife and is ecologically sustainable.


Patrons of Population Matters include;

Sir David Attenborough

Dr James Lovelock

and Jonathon Porritt.


"All environmental problems become harder - and ultimately impossible - with ever more people."

Sir David Attenborough


John Collier is speaker for Population Matters, he is also a geographer, a chartered accountant and a successful businessman. He wants to see concerns about the size of the world’s population given at least as much prominence in public debate as they were a generation ago.

Our talk will start at 7.00 p.m. finishing around 8.15 p.m. after a short question and answer session. We will then as usual adjourn to the local pub The Enterprise for further debate.

A suggested donation of £2 would be welcome from those attending the meeting to help cove the cost of the room and equipment hire.



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  • renata

    A stimulating talk, it got me thinking beyond to topic covered.

    July 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The speech was an excellent briefing, awakening our attention to the biggest phenomenon of humanity, happening now. We must not abandon this subject and learn what does it make or how to deal with it.

    July 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think it would have been a 'Great' talk if the speaker had either spoken as himself (with his own solid opinions and aims) or specifically on behalf of the charity. He seemed to try and straddle both, and so agendas/solutions etc. weren't clear. I do think it's not a clear-cut problem though, and so a simple, clear-cut solution probably doesn't exist.

    July 19, 2012

  • Ian S.

    Quite interesting - confirmed my scepticism about "Population Matters".

    July 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was a thought provoking introduction to the topic.

    July 19, 2012

  • Phil W.

    A very good speaker, and a well presented talk. It generated very lively discussion and debate. My view is that the problem is very much more complex than the way that Population Matters present it.

    July 19, 2012

  • Jodie

    I'm gonna have to give this one a miss. See you soon x

    July 18, 2012

  • Fiona W.

    See also[masked]: Mark Easton reporting
    on 'England and Wales population up', from details in the
    latest Census results. Population Matters will be putting out
    a press release.

    July 16, 2012

  • Phil W.

    Although there seems to be a consensus on the problem, it is interesting to read Fred Pearce's view in 'Peoplequake'­

    July 16, 2012

  • Steve C.

    In advance of our talk on Wednesday watch this­

    July 16, 2012

  • Fiona W.

    The Independent has a very interesting piece about David Attenborough
    on population. Just put in his name and under Most Viewed you'll find
    'This awful summer? ...'

    I'm a member of Population Matters and I hope John Collier will
    manager to convince you all of the importance of the subject when
    we meet on Wednesday.

    July 16, 2012

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