The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
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A reproductive health specialist and vasectomy surgeon, Guillebaud is emeritus professor of family planning and reproductive health at University College, London. He gives regular lectures on environmental sustainability, birth control, reproductive health, and population to medical undergraduates, postgraduates, and nurses in Britain and internationally. A staunch advocate of contraception and family planning as part of an environmental agenda he has served as co-chair of the Optimum Population Trust and the Population and Sustainability Network, as well as trustee of Towards African Solutions Through Knowledge for Women’s Health.
It's true that in places where birthrates remain high, e.g. sub-Saharan Africa, per-capita emissions are quite low. Joseph Chamie and Betsy Hartmann see this as reason not to pursue a population policy to reduce emissions.
Joe Chamie calls targeting unintended fertility a "delay tactic" that hinders the immediate pursuit of reducing resource consumption. Again, we want to reiterate that we don't view this as an either-or proposition.
With due respect to Betsy Hartmann, we will not "break loose from the population debate." The data demonstrate clearly that removing the many barriers to family planning worldwide--including simply making contraceptives realistically accessible and providing correct birth-control inform