Thursday, 10 December 2009

Family planning is the most effective way of preventing climate change

Research from the Optimum Population Trust estimates that every £4 spent on providing unmet demand for family planning saves one tonne of CO2. A similar reduction would require an £8 investment in tree planting, £15 in wind power, £31 in solar energy and £56 in hybrid vehicle technology.

Thought provoking and often overlooked. We recently watched a BBC Horizon programme which very succinctly outlined the ecological problems associated with population growth.

Why is it that governments and even many environmental groups refuse to tackle this pressing issue? Its not about compulsion either - research shows education and empowerment of women is the most effective route to limiting population growth.

Dr. Gary Robertshaw

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