Updated: Sep 10, 2020
"Educating and empowering women and girls and providing family planning information enables more people to choose the size of their families. These are the kind of positive actions governments can take, and must take if we're to address the biodiversity loss we're facing." Dr Jane Goodall, Population Matters Patron, quote of the month of May 2020.
The sustainability of the Earth is about 5 billion humans (Optimum Population Trust 2011, populationmatters.org) and since 1950 the global population has increased from 2.5 billion to almost 8 billion people with a prognosis of 9-11 billion in 2050. On an average every human generates 4 tons CO2 annually, and 80 million more people per year would result in an annual increase of 320 tons CO2. The yearly about 78 million unwanted pregnancies could be avoided by family planning.
Family planning can combat poverty and prevent overpopulation, resulting in exploitation of natural resources, destruction of the environment, nature and climate. Family planning is vital to the sustainability of families, countries and the Earth.
Overpopulation puts a strain on the supply of food and water, infrastructure, institutions etc. It is also a threat against international stability and can lead to conflicts and terrorism, as a high birth rate means many frustrated young people with no jobs and no hope and without any feeling of responsibility for the community.
We have to stop the population growth to help curbing the global warming.
Human responsibilities, article 18: Sensible family planning is the responsibility of every couple. To sustain peace and stability in the world there should be no rights without responsibilities.
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