Population dynamics & climate change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded, with 95% certainty, that humans are the primary cause of climate change, which has been largely driven by the consumption of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions of rich, industrialised countries. Yet it is the world’s poorest countries, which have contributed least to climate change, that are the most vulnerable to its effects. Developing countries face the challenges of adapting to the effects of climate change and minimising its impacts, at the same time as needing to provide for and lift growing numbers of people out of poverty.

The IPCC has highlighted the important role family planning can play in reducing climate change vulnerability, and as a potential adaptation strategy. With family planning projects potentially eligible for climate change funding, the Population & Sustainability Network advocates for family planning to be included in national development processes, and for those working in climate adaptation to consider family planning actions.

Time to Think Family Planning toolkit

The Population & Sustainability Network has been active at the various climate change conferences for many years. In the run up to COP22 in 2016, for instance, we developed a major toolkit for family planning advocates called “Time to Think Family Planning”. The toolkit is aimed at national family planning advocates, to enable them to engage in climate change policy discussions.

Download the advocacy toolkit

Download the communications toolkit