Birth Control = Environmentalism

Just when you thought you’d heard it all, environmentalists from Britain have come up with a great new idea to combat climate change. Stop people in poor countries from breeding!

More than 200 million women worldwide want contraceptives, but don’t have access to them, according to an editorial published in the British medical journal, Lancet. That results in 76 million unintended pregnancies every year.

If those women had access to free condoms or other birth control methods, that could slow rates of population growth, possibly easing the pressure on the environment, the editors say…

The Lancet editorial cited a British report which says family planning is five times cheaper than usual technologies used to fight climate change. According to the report, each $7 spent on basic family planning would slash global carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1 ton.

Why not start a few wars in the name of environmentalism, while we’re at it? If population control is a pressing environmental priority, perhpas the neocons of tomorrow will be sailing around the world on Green Peace vessels on their way to war. It would be a beautiful display of bipartisanship. O.K. I’m being ridiculous. But, seriously, is there anything that can’t be done in the name of environmentalism these days? (See Robert Redford post below.)


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