The world’s population is still growing alarmingly. Over the past 40 years human numbers have increased almost equal to the total in 1950, with most growth occurring in the developing world. Every week, at nearly 10,000 an hour, 1.58 million people are added to the planet leading to unprecedented global challenges, including food and water shortages, a looming energy crisis and climate change. Long-denied consequences of more humans on ecosystems – biodiversity loss, deforestation, soil exhaustion, vanishing fisheries and higher greenhouse gas emissions -are increasingly evident. All of these result in increased human suffering and conflicts.
On a globe of finite space – with finite non-renewable resources – infinite population growth is not an option. Without reducing numbers, all other efforts to save a beleaguered environment are ultimately doomed to failure. Family planning and population reduction can spell the difference between poverty and development, between global security and insecurity, between a healthy, balanced and sustainable environment and its unconscionable alternatives, including famine, disease and war. Added dividends include the realization of improved human rights and greater gender equity.
PIC campaigns to raise awareness of population related challenges and of what can be done to address them. It urges Canadians and their governments to confront the facts with intelligence, candour and appropriate actions equal to the challenges faced both at home and abroad.