Population Institute Canada (PIC) is the voice of Canadians concerned with global overpopulation and its environmental consequences.
Madeline Weld, Ph.D.
President, Population Institute Canada

PIC Newsroom Release

Dec. 15th, 2015

Fewer Feet, Smaller Footprint – Birth Control May Offer a Climate Change ‘Solution,’ says Senior Catholic Church Official

In a welcome recognition of the impact of ever increasing human numbers on climate change, the Pope’s leading advisor on the subject says the Catholic Church believes natural forms of birth control have a role in alleviating some of the negative impact of this steadily worsening, global climatic challenge.

Population Institute Canada (PIC) campaigns to make the full range of artificial contraception universally available, as much for its macro as for its more obvious micro benefits.  PIC is nevertheless encouraged to hear that “birth control,” albeit in a limited “natural form,” is being acknowledged by a senior spokesman of one of the world’s largest, most influential religious institutions as a valid, potentially significant means of protecting the environment and planet, including by combating climate change.

PIC is urging all governments, relevant policy makers and institutions to recognize the key role family planning can play in slowing the pace of global warming and in moving humanity towards a sustainable future.  It has made this point to key members of Canada’s new government and to leaders of the opposition parties.

A more effective means than most for combating climate change, family planning, as noted by the UN “…could bring more benefits to more people at less cost than any other single technology available to the human race.”  This is no less true in the case of climate change than to a wide range of serious global problems facing humankind.

To read the article noting comments made by the Pope’s leading advisor on climate issues, see:

Clifford Garrard
VP/Executive Director
Population Institute Canada

PIC is the voice of Canadians concerned with overpopulation and its negative human and environmental impact. Founded in 1992, it campaigns to increase support for reproductive health and education and for universal, voluntary access to family planning, which the UN notes “…could bring more benefits to more people at less cost than any other single technology available to the human race.”

Fact: Continued global population growth, together with overconsumption, is incompatible with a healthy, sustainable future for humanity and our planet.
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