More than 11,000 experts sign an emergency declaration warning that energy, food and reproduction must change immediately.
The scientists announced that the global population “must be stabilized—and, ideally, gradually reduced—within a framework that ensures social integrity” if human beings are to effectively combat climate change.
The warning, published in the journal BioScience, calls for “bold and drastic…population policies” in order to fight rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere. The scientists suggest that greater access to “family-planning services,” frequently a euphemism for birth control and abortion, could help to ensure fewer human beings on the planet.
The paper also calls for renewable energy and nature conservation, as well as reduced global meat consumption.