"A dampened population growth in the world would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the long term by 40 percent or more, according to a study in The Lancet from 2012."

Population growth is a threat to the world’s climate

"Meeting women’s needs for family planning would reduce fertility rates and slow population growth,27 slowing the growth of greenhouse gases
and easing challenges of coping
with climate change impacts over
the long-term. Addressing needs for reproductive health and family planning can also strengthen household and community resilience to climate change in the near-term."

Why PoPulation Matters to Climate Change

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"The curves of population growth and carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere since 1880 almost precisely follow each other. Population growth automatically increases energy consumption, which in turn means increased greenhouse gas emissions. However, this relationship is often neglected."

Frank Götmark, 21.08.2018, translated from Swedish. See the original article here (pages 14-15)!

"For many years the importance of family planning was stressed, both in order to empower women in the world and as a way to reduce birth rates. But at the global population conference in Cairo in 1994, this was toned down – largely due to resistance from conservative and religious groups from a number of mainly Muslim countries. At the same time, it became taboo in the West. People did not want to offend the poor countries."

~ Frank Götmark.

(Emphasis mine)

This is where it boggles the mind that some religions still preach that abortion, contraception and non-procreational sex are always morally wrong. To my mind, these religions are objectively evil

Bertold, I agree! That is probably the most harmful dogma of religion! Family planning brings hope and progress in ways that many other changes in belief do not. Sex is good, it is a natural phenomenon, and it can be fun while enriching life. 

"Study after study shows that men's sex drives are not only stronger than women's but much more straightforward." "women place more value on an emotional connection as a spark of sexual desire. But women also appear to be heavily influenced by social and cultural factors as well.

"Sexual desire in women is extremely sensitive to environment and context," 

~ Edward O. Laumann, PhD., professor of sociology at the University of Chicago and lead author of a major survey of sexual practices, The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States.

If we can clarify the harmful aspects introduced by social and cultural factors and focus on the health of the individuals involved and the health of the planet, we will all be better off. 

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