How Women Could Slow Climate Change

There is an urgent need to make voluntary contraception available to women in Niger, where the population is projected to more than triple to 68 million by 2050, writes Kristen Patterson, a senior policy analyst with the Population Reference Bureau.

Patterson links family planning with climate change by pointing out that fewer people in the world could lead to substantial long-term climate-related benefits by lowering carbon emissions, according to research.

For women and their households, the additional health, education and economic benefits that accompany family planning would reduce their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and build their resilience, she says.

Ms. Magazine

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