Optimum Population Trust becomes Population Matters
For twenty years, Optimum Population Trust has campaigned for fewer babies in the third world and fewer immigrants to the UK. Regular readers will recall it as the group that launched “PopOffsets” to let people in rich countries offset their carbon emissions by paying for birth control in Madagascar.
It still has the same name for tax-exemption purposes, but this month it adopted a new “working and campaign name” — Population Matters — and launched a much prettier web site.
Unfortunately, it’s like changing “Kentucky Fried Chicken” to KFC — new logo, same unhealthy ingredients.
Population theories assume “other people” are the problem. Genuine social change relies on people power — those who fight for social change must hold that “other people” are the solution. In the end, the two views are at odds with one another.