Topic » Climate Change
During the past 100 years, population growth has mirrored the growth of greenhouse gases that cause climate change, with the vast majority of produced by developed nations. But most of the effects of climate change are already being experienced in developing countries. Governments of 37 least developed countries have identified population growth as a factor that increases vulnerability to climate change.
When women are empowered to plan and space their children, they are better able to adapt to climate change and ensure the survival of their families. In addition, slowing population growth could help reduce future emissions. If the world’s population reaches 8 billion rather than 9.2 billion in 2050, it could result in one to two billion fewer tons of carbon emissions. Emissions reductions of this magnitude are equivalent to stopping all deforestation.
As the world tries to solve climate change challenges, PAI is working to ensure that population trends, gender considerations, and the global demand for contraception are not left out of the discussion.