Contraception Access Can Change Course Of Population Growth, Climate Change

Al Jazeera America: Family planning for climate change
Malcolm Potts, director of the Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and J. Brian Atwood, chair of global policy studies at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota

“… Helping women and couples plan the families they desire does not mean telling them what to do; it means listening to what they want. It means meeting their need for increased access to information and a range of modern contraceptive methods. … The challenge is not simply a humanitarian one: It is also a security issue of growing magnitude. … By undertaking immediate, large-scale integrated efforts among governments, donors, NGOs, and the private sector to make modern contraception universally available, by investing in girls and young women, and by bringing the most appropriate and cost-effective technologies to help farmers adapt to climate change, we can change course” (4/23).

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