In 1979, scientists from 50 countries all met up at the First World Climate Conference in Geneva. They agreed that the world needed to be more aware of the impacts of climate change. Unfortunately, greenhouse gas emissions are still rapidly rising with each passing year.
The authors also published graphs showing 40 years of data that prove "human activities that can affect GHG emissions and change the climate as well as actual climatic impacts."
The scientists continued, "The climate crisis is closely linked to excessive consumption of the wealthy lifestyle. The most affluent countries are mainly responsible for the historical GHG emissions and generally have the greatest per capita emissions."
This came after US President, Donald Trump, started pulling the country out of the Paris climate agreement.
In the article, they proposed six "critical and interrelated steps" we can all take to lessen the negative effects of climate change, and one of the key points they brought up is the issue of of overpopulation: "Still increasing by roughly 80 million people per year, or more than 200,000 per day, the world population must be stabilized—and, ideally, gradually reduced—within a framework that ensures social integrity. There are proven and effective policies that strengthen human rights while lowering fertility rates and lessening the impacts of population growth on GHG emissions and biodiversity loss. These policies make family-planning services available to all people, remove barriers to their access and achieve full gender equity, including primary and secondary education as a global norm for all, especially girls and young women."
Interestingly, another possible solution is transitioning to a plant-based diet (or you know, just cutting down on meat consumption even if you don't go full vegetarian or vegan).
You can read the entire report here.
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