Guest post by Charles Appleby and Julie Wornan of Saving Our Planet
To mark the latest international talks on climate change, Population Matters and Saving Our Planet have issued a statement which spells out the dangers to our climate arising from global population growth. This statement is being delivered by Saving Our Planet President, Stephan Savarase, at COP22 which is meeting in Morocco to discuss the next steps needed in the fight against climate change.
The statement stresses that stabilizing global population growth is an essential element in the fight against climate change. The impact is high: “The additional CO2 produced by projected global population growth would cancel out a 96% cut from 1990 emission levels (21.4 billion tonnes).”
Saving Our Planet was founded in September 2016 “to inspire, energize and enable the entire community of humans to work together to save the planet, and to convince world leaders to make the fight against climate change their number one priority.”
The team’s international diversity gives it a singular energy. Although concerned primarily with climate change, the association recognizes that “saving our planet” also involves treating complementary problems such as resource depletion, loss of biodiversity and overpopulation, and stresses the necessity of pressing elected officials to support policies essential for change.
Appreciating the importance of education, Saving Our Planet promotes training courses and has developed its own educational materials. The website’s “climate cinema” section is packed with videos about the impact of Climate Change and related subjects. The site also features a useful documentation reference library.
An opportunity for all to take action is the Saving Our Planet petition for a rapid end to coal-burning power plants: “Exit Coal Now.” Burning coal emits five times more greenhouse gases than burning gas, and causes the premature death of hundreds of thousands of people each year.
Saving Our Planet and Population Matters also offered joint support for the petition launched by the French association Démographie Responsable to raise the matter of demography at COP22 and break the “taboo” on the issue among international policymakers.