Thanks to David Poindexter (author of “Out of the Darkness of Centuries: A forty five year odyssey to discover the use of mass media for human betterment”) for pointing out the following article, which appears in the current issue of SIERRA Magazine. I suppose that the printing of the article, the article itself and the comments found below it may all be instructive to students of history. See: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201205/climate-change-family-planning-159.aspx
Fighting Climate Change With Family Planning
By Jake Abrahamson
Environmentalists are so focused on fighting the dirty-energy juggernaut lately that they sometimes forget about the fact that the world’s population is growing by about 220,000 people per day. You read that right: 220,000 per day. We hit the 7 billion mark last October, in case you missed it. Which is just 2 billion less than the amount of carbon dioxide, in tons, that humans currently release into the atmosphere annually.
At the rate that our global annual emissions are increasing, that 9-billion-tons-per-year CO2 output will double by 2062, pushing our planet beyond the 560-parts-per-million threshold-which is when the Greenland ice sheet will start to cave in. This stabilization triangle shows nine wedges of CO2 (each representing 25 billion tons over 50 years) that we can keep out of the atmosphere and nine global actions we can take right now to do so. A concerted, worldwide family-planning campaign can be just as effective at reducing CO2 output as conserving electricity, trapping carbon, or using alternative fuels.
Five Ways to Stabilize Population Growth
The U.N. Population Fund estimates that 215 million women worldwide who desire modern contraceptives are deprived of them. Access to contraceptives would reduce unintended pregnancies by more than two-thirds, from 75 million to 22 million per year, and save $5.1 billion in pre- and postnatal healthcare.
To read the full article, please click here: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201205/climate-change-family-planning-159.aspx
Current World Population
Net Growth During Your Visit