Planet Under Pressure Conference, Happening Now… Rio +20?

March 27, 2012 • Daily Email Recap

Two items follow.

1) You may be interested to learn of the Planet Under Pressure conference, currently taking place in London. Overall attendance is said to number more than 2,700 people. More information, copied from the conference website is below. There is a promise of live web-streaming of some of the select panels and presenters; and, you can download a series of policy briefs that specifically target policy-makers in the Rio+20 process, aiming to give them access to “the latest scientific thinking on sustainable development issues.”

Unfortunately, many believe that population has a good chance of being left off the Rio+20 agenda, as the Daily Email of February 8th, 2012 indicated.

2) With that in mind, I am pasting below an article published by the ECSP at The Woodrow Wilson Center on February 22nd, titled “Reaching Out at Rio: Population Growth, Family Planning, and Environmentalists”. It is reporting on a panel discussion at the Center which analyzed results of a recent survey and several focus groups conducted in association with Americans for UNFPA on how environmentalists are most comfortable talking about population. There is a video webcast of the discussion available.


“Promoting women’s empowerment is an effective strategy for looking at climate and the environment but also is important in its own right,” said the Sierra Club’s Kim Lovell at the Wilson Center on February 22. “Increasing access to family planning for women around the world is a climate adaptation and climate mitigation solution.”

Drawing on research by Brian O’Neill (National Center for Atmospheric Research) and others Lovell explained that meeting the unmet need for family planning around the world could provide up to 16 to 29 percent of the emissions reductions required by 2050 in order to avoid more than two degrees of warming (the target set by nations to prevent the most damaging effects of climate change).

For environmentalists and those concerned with climate change, “sometimes the idea has been that population is toxic, that we can’t talk about population growth,” said Nancy Belden of Belden Russonello and Stewart Consulting, but the results of a recent survey and several focus groups conducted in association with Americans for UNFPA demonstrate that there is great potential for engaging the environmental community in such a discussion.

To read the full article, please click here:

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