Population and Climate Change for Professors
Population growth contributes to climate change because each additional person causes emissions—especially in high- and middle-income countries. While affluent populations cause the overwhelming majority of global emissions, low-income populations are the most at-risk for climate impacts. Rapid population growth in low-resource settings increases climate vulnerability and endangers more people who lack the resources necessary to readily adapt and recover.
Slowing population growth through rights-based interventions (e.g. increasing access to voluntary family planning) has profound implications for lowering emissions, improving climate adaptation outcomes, and meeting global sustainable development goals.
By including population trends and dynamics in secondary-level climate education, we can prepare tomorrow’s professionals to work toward cost-effective, rights-based solutions to climate change—namely, voluntary family planning and girls’ education.
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The coronavirus pandemic highlights how the overuse of Earth’s natural systems poses a risk to human health and well-being. Without changing the way people produce food and energy, population growth drives deforestation, habitat loss, and climate change. Together, these processes amplify the threat of infectious disease outbreaks. This info brief explores the links between human […]
This info brief looks at the connections between family planning and climate change. We argue that slowing population growth through rights-based investments in voluntary family planning services can reduce emissions and significantly increase individual, community, and national resilience in a changing climate.
This resource explores the links between human activities and zoonotic disease emergence. The presentation uses a case study from the Amazon rainforest to argue that population growth, intensified agriculture, habitat loss, wildlife trade, and climate change create the conditions necessary for viral animal-to-human spillover. Recognizing that human interaction with the natural environment must change in […]
With 2 billion people to be added to our human ranks by 2050 and an additional 1 billion more by 2100, demographic trends and variables play an important role in understanding and confronting the world’s climate crisis. Population growth, along with increasing consumption, tends to increase emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases. Rapid population growth worsens […]
Browse literature exploring the many ways that humans impact the natural environment. This resource provides academic sources, research published by NGOs and government agencies, and relevant news articles—perfect for curating a course reading list for college students.
This presentation explores the connections between population dynamics, access to comprehensive health care, and climate change. Through an historical examination of global population dynamics, the slide deck will help clarify the links between poverty, marginalization, women’s rights, and environmental pressures made worse by climate change. The presentation concludes by showing how access to family planning […]
This PDF slide deck presents an overview of some of the most important ways that human systems influence the natural environment.
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