It also is one of the most powerful levers available for avoiding emissions by curbing population growth

Individual actions

The study relied on estimates of future per capita climate emissions which are likely to change significantly, so it must be treated with caution. Illustrative figures produced by the authors suggested, however, that it could be significantly more effective than any other method in saving climate emissions. (For more information on the study and its methodology, click here.)

All the benefits of this action are not immediate and it does not mean that we should not take other actions to cut our individual carbon footprints, of course.

Global policy

The 2019 Scientists‘ Warning of a Climate Emergency, signed by more than 13,000 scientists from around the world, explicitly calls for „bold and drastic transformations“ regarding both economic and population policies, including making family planning services available to all and achieving full gender equity.

Another major international study in 2017 identified practical policy measures that could be taken to minimise greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible. Project Drawdown used two different, but plausible and economically realistic scenarios to assess what determined global efforts to address climate change might look like – scenario 1 being roughly in line with a 2?C temperature rise above pre-industrial levels by 2100, and scenario 2 roughly in line with a 1.5?C temperature rise by 2100. Under each scenario, each solution was ranked by the carbon emissions saving (in gigatonnes) it would generate over the period to 2050. Having analysed 82 policy options, such as plant-based diets, wind farms and electric vehicles, Drawdown identified family planning and universal education among the top 10 workable solutions to combat climate change available. Weiterlesen