Population Matters: Two Weeks Until COP26

Population Matters: Two Weeks Until COP26

Let’s tackle the real issue…


Population Matters!

Our vision is of a future in which our population co-exists in harmony with nature and prospers on a healthy planet, to the benefit of all.​

“All our environmental problems become easier to solve with fewer people, and harder – and ultimately impossible – to solve with ever more people.”__Sir David Attenborough Population Mattters patron

“There’s no denying the climate emergency. Human-induced global warming is harming our communities and nature around the planet. Predicted temperature rises will cause even more devastation in the coming decades – unless we take every possible action to avert catastrophe.

“There are just two weeks until COP26 – the crucial UN climate change conference in Glasgow – yet one of the most powerful solutions for solving this urgent, global challenge is not on the table. Multiple factors contribute to the climate emergency and multiple actions are needed to address it. As you know, our growing numbers are among those drivers.

“Governments all over the world have launched plans to tackle the climate crisis, but one driver is all too often absent from policy discussions – the rapid and ongoing growth of the human population. Our growing numbers exacerbate future climate threats both by increasing emissions and by destroying urgently needed carbon sinks through deforestation and land degradation.

“The immediate climate change priority is the urgent implementation of solutions which will be maximally effective over the coming decade, and governments must step up the ambition and urgency of their actions. They must also recognise that slowing and ending population growth is essential if we are to continue to bring emissions down over the following decades, and keep them down.

“The empowerment of women and girls is critical to achieving that goal. In a 2020 review of all available climate solutions, Project Drawdown found that women’s and girls’ empowerment through education and reproductive health would save 85.4 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050, because of its positive effects in reducing population growth. This makes it the second most powerful solution to limit warming to 2°C of all those they examined.

“Please help ensure globally beneficial, empowering population solutions, including removing barriers to family planning and girls’ education, are not left behind.”

Sign the petition here.

Rather than childfree, I choose to no longer birth a child, and will foster or maybe adopt an abandoned baby, and provide a forever family for a child. 

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