This section covers things that anyone can do now.

Become informed

This website seeks to inform you, and there is much more that you can do to inform yourself. Look at the section ‘Reading’, for books, articles and videos.


This is an offsetting scheme run by Population Matters. It gives grants for projects providing family planning services, and as such is as effective as any offsetting scheme, and more so than most.

They share funds between developed and developing countries: industrialised countries have high emissions per capita, while developing countries have high birthrates and rising standards of living – and emissions.

The evidence is clear that the more slowly a country’s population grows, the more able it is to develop economically. All development will ultimately fail if human numbers keep rising indefinitely.

One of the earliest projects supported by PopOffsets was Blue Ventures, which is a science-led social enterprise that develops transformative approaches for nurturing and sustaining locally led marine conservation. The organisation works in partnership with coastal communities in places where the ocean is vital to the culture and economy. A significant part of this is the introduction of family planning, a development that was requested by the community in which Blue Ventures was operating at the time


Your family

In considering the intended size of your family, bear in mind the consequences of a number of children above that necessary for replacement. Note that the additional burden on the planet of one extra child must substantially exceed the savings that one can make in one’s life by the most rigorous measures to be green.

Two academics have carried out research that makes this point very clearly. They are Paul Murtaugh, a professor of statistics, and Michael Schlax, an oceanic and atmospheric science professor, of Oregon State University.

As reported in the New York Times, “Take, for example, a hypothetical American woman who switches to a more fuel-efficient car, drives less, recycles, installs more efficient light bulbs, and replaces her refrigerator and windows with energy saving models. If she has two children, the researchers found, her carbon legacy would eventually rise to nearly forty times what she had saved by these actions”

“A parent is responsible for one half of the emissions of their children, one quarter of the emissions of their grandchildren and so on”. They also calculated that the hypothetical woman could cut about 486 tones of CO2 in her own life, but that savings for each birth forgone would be between 9441 ton and 12730 tons: so each birth forgone saves 20 times more than the efforts she made in her own life.”

There is a rather technical paper on

If your family is already established, discuss the issue of population often enough that your views are known (without lecturing, of course). You need to do this, because you can scarcely lecture your adult children who are about to get married not to have too many kids. They would probably not, at that stage, appreciate this advice.

See also this Population Matters article:

Support charities and other bodies

There is a list of bodies you can support in ‘UN and Others’ here: the ones particularly recommended are Marie Stopes International for action, and Population Matters for information and campaigning. If you are in USA, Population Media Center is an excellent organization: however Marie Stopes and Population Matters are registered charities in UK: therefore you can reclaim tax, and this may make better use of your money if you are a UK citizen.

And, of course, there is QCOP!

And. look at this site, for brilliant clarification about population growth: