The increasing onslaught of hurricanes and other tempestuous weather conditions should be enough to convince everyone that climate change is very, very real. And yet it feels like we’re going backward when it comes to tackling what’s very likely one of the most important issues of our lifetimes.
But there’s still hope. Among the many possible solutions is one close to our heart: condoms. Well, to be more specific, contraception as a whole. One of the greatest contributors to global warming is overpopulation, which puts a significant strain on our already dwindling resources. And, in many cases, the heart of that problem is that many people across the world don’t have adequate access to birth control.
According to The Atlantic, a 2010 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences predicted that lower population growth could provide benefits equivalent to between 16–29% of the emissions reduction needed to avoid a 2ºC warming by 2050.
Frustratingly, there are still very few public policies across the world that focus on voluntary family planning. We want to see that change.Read more about the issue here.