Image credit: Population Action International
While Barack Obama declares climate change a tricky but "solvable" problem, it's worth remembering that countless lives depend on us finding solutions. And soon. The world's poor are already disproportionately impacted by climate change and, among the poor, women are hit the hardest by environmental destabilization. That's why women's empowerment—including that unnecessarily controversial topic of reproductive rights—should be a central part of the climate debate. A new online documentary explores the topic in more detail.
Launched today by Population Action International, Weathering Change—a 14-minute online documentary—makes the important connection between women's rights, climate impacts, and the importance of adequate access to family planning.
As always, when we discuss population and climate, I am sure there will be angry accusations of eugenics, racism and the like—arguing that focusing on overpopulation shifts blame to the poor, as opposed to tackling over-consumption by the rich. But, as Weathering Change so clearly shows, the primary importance of tackling overpopulation is not just about reducing poor people's impact on climate change, but reducing the impact of climate change on the world's poor.
Over-consumption and overpopulation are not either or issues. If climate change really is "solvable", we must tackle both.
Here's the full movie:
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