Climate change is happening because of humans. The scientific evidence is undeniable. The causes of climate change are almost entirely anthropogenic. The primary ones being the increased use of fossil fuels, deforestation, increasingly intensive agriculture and large-scale livestock farming, all of which are required to support a spiralling global population.

Experts claim that the world’s climate crisis calls for “non-emissions-based solutions” and, furthermore, that “contraception is an overlooked approach”. Population Council experts claim that improved access to birth control could slow down population growth rate and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 40%. You can get in-depth knowledge about human impact on climate change via

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It is estimated that approximately 44% of pregnancies around the world (currently around 60 million each year) are either unplanned or unwanted. This problem is particularly acute in developing countries where poverty, unemployment, lack of education and lack of (or zero) access to contraceptives are key contributors. 

Making contraception and health education more universally accessible, in order to avoid unwanted pregnancies, seems to be an approach largely ignored when it comes to tackling climate change.

The argument against the widespread availability of contraception and encouragement of its use, can really only be made on religious or moral grounds.  But whilst the religious and moral arguments may be widespread and emotional ones, they must surely be balanced against the greater needs of the planet as a whole. 

If we are to tackle climate change effectively, and before it is too late, then human population growth must be slowed.