This Is How You Talk About Population

March 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Oh right. That thing. That no environmentalists want to talk about. (Except old white men who are losing hope.)

Taking the point that what matters is resource use, not total numbers – and the inherent global justice issues – to ignore population completely is as bad as arguing that we don’t need to worry about energy because there’s plenty of fossil fuels around. Population as an issue will continue to come up, so we may as well have a sensible, well-framed, suitable argument to make.

So – this is how you talk about population.

  • Real people and real voices – not the scientific/mathematician speaking about numbers.
  • Commitment to health – maternal and infant health particularly.
  • Woman’s right to choose.
  • Majority world/Global South voices front and center demanding access to contraceptives.
  • Lots of cute babies.

A Million For A Billion run by the Population Institute.

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