If we don’t stay in the discussion on population and climate change and insist on family planning and reproductive health programs that respect individual rights, what solutions might emerge from people who are unaware about what can happen when population policies and programs are driven purely by demographic targets?
Just as climate change unequally impacts wealthy and low income countries, as well as the rich and poor within countries, it also disproportionately takes a toll on women.
There are many ways to frame the linkages between population and climate change — and the reproductive health community can make the connection in a way that promotes women’s rights and empowerment.
In recent years, population has fallen off the international environment and development agenda. Could climate change refocus our attention on population growth?