Family Planning Can Play Vital Role In Addressing Climate Change, Opinion Piece Says
Thomson Reuters Foundation: OPINION: Why family planning is key to climate adaptation
Bridget Kelly, research associate with the Population Institute
“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change calls for ‘ambitious and effective adaption for sustainable development’ in its new report on the inevitable changes to the oceans and terrestrial water systems and the risks of delayed action. In celebrating World Contraception Day on September 26, it’s important to understand how the two issues are profoundly related. For those living in places severely affected by climate change, family planning is an indispensable climate adaptation tool. Access to contraception can space or limit unintended pregnancies, helping food-insecure communities adapt to the challenges posed by climate change and making families healthier and more resilient in times of crisis. While policymakers talk of infrastructure and energy-related solutions, climate change experts point to family planning and women’s empowerment as smart investments that benefit both the environment and society. … Family planning contributes significantly to healthier families, healthier communities, and a healthier planet. Though it is no substitute for sustained reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, it can make a vital difference to human wellbeing and the future of the planet” (9/27).
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