Should we use means of depopulation to save the planet?
Christina Figueres was formerly the UN Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 4.20 minutes into the video below, Christina Figueres gives his view of depopulation for the sake of the environment. Christina is interviewed by Greg Dalton.
– Another issue is fertility rates and population. A lot of people in energy and environmental circles don’t wanna go near that because it’s politically charged, it’s not their issue. But isn’t it true that stopping the rise of population would be one of the biggest levers in driving the rise in greenhouse gases?
– We all know that we expect nine billion people by 2050, so yes, obviously fewer people would exert less pressure on the national resources.
– Is nine billions a foregone conclusion? No way to change that?
– Again there is pressure in the system to go towards that, we can get them to change though, we can definitely change those numbers and really should make every effort to change the numbers because we are already today, exceeding the planetary carrying capacity. To say nothing about adding more population that’s going to overextend our capacity. So yes we should do everything possible. but we cannot fall into the very simplistic opinion of saying: just by curtailing population, then we’ve solved the problem.