We believe that everyone should have access to the contraception of their choice. Unfortunately, for many people this is far from the case. Worldwide, more than 200 million women have an unmet need for contraception. This is one of the causes of the approximately 85 million unwanted pregnancies per year. Some women live in remote areas and therefore cannot access any form of medical care easily. Some cannot afford to buy contraceptives and others are hampered by cultural or religious pressures put on them to reproduce.
PopOffsets provides contraception to women who don’t want to get pregnant but find accessing contraception difficult. PopOffsets is funded by people who want to offset their carbon emissions by helping to provide family planning services.
A recent beneficiary of a PopOffsets grant was the Utah Population & Environment Coalition, a not-for-profit organization in the United States that works to raise public awareness about the environment, sustainability and population in Utah. The state has a smal population — approximately 2.8 million — but a high birth rate that is 43 per cent above the United States average. The grant made by PopOffsets covered half of the cost — about $300 — of an intrauterine device (IUD) for 27 uninsured, low-income women. IUDs are popular contraceptives because they are long-lasting, reliable and reversible. Being able to avoid pregnancy reliably has a significant positive impact on women’s lives and those of their existing children, but for women without health insurance, an IUD is often far too expensive.
The Utah Population & Environment Coalition recently expressed its gratitude for the grant by saying, “Thanks again for this important partnership as we work to enable women to time and plan their pregnancies and to improve health outcomes on multiple levels for children, women and families in Utah.”
The United States has the highest per capita carbon footprint of any large country, so avoiding an unwanted pregnancy in the country has a greater impact on carbon emissions than doing so anywhere else. The grant from PopOffsets has the potential to prevent the equivalent of about 85,000 tonnes of carbon dixoide from being released.
We urge you to offset your carbon emissions through PopOffsets.