(BBC NEWS) — Meeting the demand for family planning in poor nations is a cheap and effective way to cut CO2 emissions, a new website initiative claims.
The UK-based Optimum Population Trust says fast-rising population levels lead to growing emissions.
The website is urging wealthy people to offset their own CO2 emissions by funding contraception programmes. [emphasis PID]
PID COMMENT: The OPT website links to PopOffsets.com, where we find this tidbit:
PopOffsets is unique – the first project in the world that, simply and transparently, enables individuals and organizations to offset their carbon footprint by funding the unmet need for family planning and the removal of the many barriers to women who want smaller families.
The ‘About Us’ page lists the following as ‘patrons’:
Sir David Attenborough OM, CH, CVO, CBE, FRS , Naturalist, broadcaster and trustee of the British Museum and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew; and a former controller of BBC Two.
Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics, University of Cambridge
Professor Paul Ehrlich, Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University
Jane Goodall PhD DBE, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace.
Professor John Guillebaud Former Co-chair of OPT, Emeritus Professor of Family Planning and Reproductive Health, University College, London.
Susan Hampshire OBE, Actress and population campaigner
Dr James Lovelock CBE FRS Scientist and environmentalist known for proposing the Gaia theory that the Earth functions as an organism, and author of ‘The Revenge of Gaia’.
Professor Aubrey Manning OBE, President of the Wildlife Trusts and Emeritus Professor of Natural History, University of Edinburgh
Professor Norman Myers CMG, Visiting Fellow, Green College, Oxford University, and at Universities of Harvard, Cornell, Stanford, California, Michigan and Texas
Sara Parkin OBE, Founder Director and Trustee of Forum for the Future, Director of the Natural Environment Research Council and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and Head Teachers into Industry.
Jonathon Porritt CBE, Founder Director of Forum for the Future and former Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission.
Sir Crispin Tickell GCMG KCVO, Chancellor of Kent University, Director of the Policy Foresight Programme at the James Martin Institute, Oxford, and former UK Permanent Representative on the United Nations Security Council
As you tiptoe through the pages of this site, remember the Georgia Guidestones indicate a need to reduce the world population by NINETY PER CENT! Now, those who seek such a reduction can get a carbon offset just for funding it.