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.
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CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden recently identified population growth as one of three top destabilizing trends currently facing the world.
Demographic trends can interact with other factors such as poverty, poor governance, competition for natural resources, and environmental degradation to exacerbate tensions and contribute to conflict. But demography is not destiny, and family planning and reproductive health can play an important role in preventing and reducing instability.
Anti-immigrant zealots insist that their motives are not racist. But given that they have worked to end birthright citizenship and criticize the higher birth rates of Asian and Latina immigrant women, their claims ring false.
Despite the major effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on mortality and life expectancy, populations are continuing to grow even in the hardest-hit countries. With so much uncertainty about the number of people living with HIV/AIDS, the demographic impact is still incompletely understood.
What affect has the AIDS pandemic had on population, life expectancy and fertility rates worldwide?
The sponsor of the Philippines’ reproductive health bill has recently accepted reproductive health as a human right, not as a population control measure.