10 Reasons Why Population Control is not the Solution to Global Warming

10 Reasons Why Population Control is not the Solution to Global Warming
Betsy Hartmann, Winter 2009
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limate change is clearly one of the most urgent problems of our time. It is also a highly contested policy arena with different actors from all sides of the political spectrum struggling to get a piece of the action. The population control lobby is no exception. Today, a number of mainstream population and environment groups are claiming that population growth is a major cause of climate change and that lower birth rates are the solution. This view threatens to undermine a progressive climate justice agenda that seeks both to curtail greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce economic, social, gender and racial inequalities. It also poses a danger to reproductive rights. Here are ten reasons why population control is not the solution to global warming. Also available in Spanish.

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