Americans represent 5 percent of the global population, consume 25 percent of the world’s energy, and generate 5 times the world’s average per-capita of CO2 emissions.
The old adage, think globally and act locally, is key to addressing climate change. Community-based, integrated approaches and solutions are essential to adaptation.
Thoraya Obaid, executive director of the UN Population Fund about family planning: “There is no investment in development that costs so little and brings benefits that are so far-reaching and enormous”.
Two hundred million women worldwide want to avoid pregnancy but lack access to contraception. Recent research suggests that filling this gap is a humane and cost-effective human rights and environmental strategy.
Past “population control” efforts often trampled human rights. So talk about condom distribution as causes concern among liberals. Can we overcome history to create new solutions?
As heads of state gather in NY and Pittsburgh this week to discuss our climate future, they should broaden their view beyond the technological fixes that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and remember the human face of climate change—a face that is frequently female, and in need of fundamental support that will enable her to take care of herself, her family, and our world.
RH Reality Check staff are attending the Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in New York and meetings on Maternal Health at the United Nations. Check our Twitter account and stay tuned for more here.
Concern about the pace of climate change is increasing, and so is concern about the role of population growth in driving it, reigniting or reinvigorating (depending on the viewpoint) calls for increased investment in family planning services for couples in poorer countries.
It is time for a new discussion about “family size” and how it relates to our unprecedented environmental impacts, here in this country and around the world.
For pregnant women, any environmental disaster severely limits safe delivery options, which in turn exacerbates pre-existing vulnerabilities to maternal death and disability.