Why frown at population control to fix climate woes

Sep 03, 2018, 8:41 AM EDT
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(Source: James Cridland/flickr)

The debate over whether population control could be or should be applied to rein in climate change is fiercely divisive even among climate activists. The argument that having fewer babies could limit greenhouse gas emissions faces flak from critics, who smell “classism, sexism, and racism” in this approach.

A section, including prominent demographers, believes it’s time we stop snubbing the idea and get a serious conversation going to align family planning strategies with the goal of mitigating climate risks, reports Inverse.

The stats by research organization Global Footprint Network tilt the balance towards family planning approach, revealing that the humanity would need 1.7 Earths to maintain its consumption of food, water, and carbon at current levels, reports The Independent.