New studies highlight the misconception that population growth has a negligible effect on climate change.
The explosion of the human population and climate change are two global phenomena that affect the world in an overwhelming way. Despite this, there is a trend of denying their importance and ignoring the connection between them. I have written in the past and warned about the need to control the size of the human population in order to prevent disasters, And now a new assessment highlights the dire impact of global warming on billions of people around the world.
Surveys indicate that the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions can reduce the number of people who immigrate from areas affected by extreme climate conditions, but it has been found that there is an equal value to the combination of population explosion and climate change, meaning that a reduction in the size of the population can lead to a similar result to reducing immigration. In the 90s there were attempts and programs to control the population, such as the "one child policy in China" and forced sterilization in India and other countries, but the programs failed miserably and proved to be scandalous.
The idea that population growth will cause environmental damage and human suffering is not new. However, there are places where they continue to deny the process of population explosion and climate change, as well as the connection between them. The terms "Neo-Malthusian" or "Eugeneist" are used as negative descriptions, and the violation of human rights in the name of "the right to fertility" is emphasized. The reality is that a policy that insists on denying the damage caused by the population explosion leads to both environmental distress and increased human suffering.
Today, there are still religious policies, social pressure and government policies that try to convince people to have more children. Such examples appear in India and to some extent in the United States. And of course, the recently passed budget rewards large families and deprives their children of an education that will enable them to manage in life - a dangerous combination.
This is a policy that emphasized the need to give birth to claims bordering on national racism and "economic need", and banned abortions in order to turn ethnic groups into reproductive tools. Many women are in distress, Because they do not have access to contraceptives as a result of the influence of their husbands and family members who prevent them from using them. Implementing a policy that encourages more children not only denies them their right, but also exacerbates poverty and harms the environment.
New studies highlight the misconception that population growth has a negligible effect on climate change. In the last decade it was found that population growth is the main cause of greenhouse gas emissions as a result of the use of fossil fuels. Population growth has a direct effect on emissions, and it cancels out the reductions achieved by renewal and efficiency. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), population growth definitely contributes to emissions and the use of fossil fuels. Population growth also causes water shortages, deforestation and damage to the environment caused by the human population. The connection between population growth and damage to the environment is clear and well-known, but the need for population control continues to be denied.
Denial of the need for population control brings dire consequences. Since the 90s, the need to curb population growth has failed and international funding for family planning has dropped by 35%. Denial of the need for population control is reminiscent of the denial of the need to mitigate global warming, as a result of science's failure to clarify future suffering for millions.
The belief that technological progress will solve the problems and that using low-carbon fuels will fix everything turns out to be wrong. It was found that "green technologies" cause environmental and social problems. It is understood that there is a need and importance for renewable and green energies, But they also have disadvantages. The production of batteries for electric cars requires the use of cobalt mined in the Congo under inhumane conditions, and requires deforestation in areas where wild animals are found. This results in additional emissions, additional consumption of water and additional destruction of habitats.
If we continue at the current rate of growth until the year 2030, it will not be possible to provide a reasonable standard of living without an increased impact on the environmental systems and nature, and therefore there is a need for access to family planning for everyone.
Family planning is not only beneficial for the environment, but also for humans. It seems that in every society where the frequency of birth has decreased, the government's attempts to reverse the direction have not succeeded, because the women have learned the advantages of a small family. At the same time, implementing education in general and women's education in particular will keep us away from disaster.
By all accounts, it is right to emphasize that the need to slow down the population explosion is important and central as part of environmental management strategies and to prevent the spread of epidemics, earthquakes, and also important and central to ensuring national scientific security.
If I have often ended my lists with the paragraph: "The time has come that instead of controlling the environment for the sake of the human population, there will be control of the human population for the sake of the environment" then the main effort for implementation should be education in general and the education of women in particular.
With us, the commandment "produce and multiply and cover the land" still rules, when the combination of climatic ignorance and messianic religious fanaticism dictates a policy of denial that leads to disaster, so it turns out that, like the rest of the world, education (core) in general and women's education in particular will keep us away from disaster.
More of the topic in Hayadan:
- "44 trillion dollars, about half of the global annual economic output is at risk because of the climate crisis"
- The agricultural revolution caused a population explosion in Southeast Asia 4,000 years ago
- The explosion of the human population - a "white elephant" that is feared to be harmed
- Isaac Asimov - The End (an article from the XNUMXs fearing a population explosion)