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No Human Population Factor In Climate Talks - Why?
By Frosty Wooldridge
"Me thinks humans love to fool themselves when faced with reality," a leprechaun said as he considered the folly of humanity. "They think a problem will go away by ignoring it, and when it doesn't, they ponder their stupidity after the fact."
·         The recent Gulf Oil spill should not have happened! The Valdez Oil Spill could easily been prevented. The 17,000 alcohol related driving deaths could be prevented in the USA annually! America's many problems related to overpopulation could be solved, but for the fact that Congress and President Barack Obama choose to avoid, evade, ignore and suppress the root cause.
·         Last year, Obama charged off to Denmark to denounce Global Warming or Climate Change or Climate Destabilization-however you term it! He brought a bag of marbles and left with two hands of cotton candy. At no time did he or any world leader address human overpopulation.
·         In a cogent piece, Marilyn Hempel, Editor at www.PopulationPress.org carried a compelling piece by the imminent writer Ellen Goodman as she discussed the most evaded issue of our era.
·         Goodman wrote in the Boston Globe, "The 'Human' Factor is Missing in Climate Talks", December 11, 2009, during the Climate Change fiasco-she addressed the obvious.
·         "Yes, there is something more foreign than being offered kippered herring for your breakfast," Goodman said. "It's being offered PopOffsets for your conscience. After seven hours and 3,325 miles, I arrive here, open the paper, and discover that a British think tank, Optimum Population Trust, is ready to make me a deal. As a good environmentalist, I can offset the 1.1 tons of carbon emissions spewed into the atmosphere from my trans-Atlantic flight by donating $7 to a family planning program.
"Well, I am not a fan of carbon offsets, which have been described as a get-out-of-jail-free card. But at least these think-tankers are making a connection between population growth and climate change. That's more than the scientists are doing at the conference in Copenhagen.
"The think-tankers may be tone deaf, but the Copenhageners seem to be altogether deaf. The subjects under discussion range from clean energy technology and protecting forests, to carbon credits and enforcing a treaty. Countries are wrangling over everything about human-induced climate change except the increasing number of humans inducing it."
"An odd fatalism about population growth has settled in since 2007, when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change declared the subject virtually untouchable," said Goodman. "The "scope and legitimacy of population control,'' they warned, were still, "Subject to ongoing debate.''
"One piece of the controversy is, of course, amply illustrated by the implication that some countries can maintain their high carbon diets by reducing births in other countries," said Goodman.
·         "As Robert Engelman, co-author of a recent United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report, said, "There's a perception that wealthy countries with lower fertility rates are casting aspersions on poor countries with high fertility rates, blaming them for having too many children.''
"The link between population growth and the environment is also complicated by the fact that the little people in my American family have larger carbon footprints than little people in developing countries," said Goodman. "Most importantly, there is the lingering notion-imprinted by China's repressive one-child policy-that family planning is "population control'' imposed by governments against the rights and wishes of families.
"But ever since the 1994 UN conference on population, international family planning policy has been focused on enabling women and men to make their own decisions. We've learned about the direct relationship between education and economic opportunities for women and smaller, later, healthier families."
·         As you can see, Goodman gets down and dirty; she hits the nitty-gritty, she faces the leprechaun-and spits in his face. I admire that! But when will she spit into the politicians' faces? When will the US public commence spitting, raging, ranting and bashing the magnificent ineptitude of the president and U.S. Congress? You can at www.NumbersUSA.com !
·         "It turns out that every society that offers a range of contraceptive options and information to women has a fertility rate of two children or fewer-and this includes developing countries such as Iran and Thailand," said Goodman. "Today the average size of a family has shrunk from five children to two and a half. But there are still hundreds of millions of married women who don't have access to services or information."
Kathleen Mogelgaard, who works on population and climate change for Population Action International, believes, "The beautiful thing about making this linkage is that so much of this (environmental debate) is about telling people what they cannot do. They cannot cut down forests or consume fossil fuels. This is one way to address the challenge by giving them what they want.''
·         In the final analysis, Mother Nature will not give humans what they want, but it will give them a kick in their rear-ends with the four horsemen: famine, war, disease and pestilence. Come on! Birth control and family planning prove much nicer, saner, rational, logical and graceful!
"There are nearly 7 billion people in the world today," said Goodman. "Scientists project 9.5 billion people by 2050. In fact, there could be 8.5 billion or 10.5 billion. Depending on what we do."
·          As the UNFPA's Thoraya Obaid said, "There is no investment in development that costs so little and brings benefits that are so far-reaching and enormous.''
But Engelman replied, "Our impact on the Earth is overwhelming. To say it has nothing do with our numbers is laughable.''
Goodman gets down to brass tacks, "In Copenhagen, talk is centered on technological fixes and political trade-offs. Responses are crafted by scientists, governments, meteorologists, finance experts. The silence on population is rooted in the belief that the human problem is the most intractable. But maybe it isn't. What if we can lighten the burden on the planet while widening the chances for women? That's my kind of offset."
Source: The Boston Globe, December 11, 2009. Reprinted with permission.
human_factor_is_missing_in_copenhagen/Ellen Goodman's e-mail address is ellengoodman1 [AT SYMBOL] me.com
Contact Marilyn Hempel at www.PopulationPress.org or info@populationpress.org . By snail mail: Blue Planet United, POB 7918 Redlands, CA 92375; Join her organization! You will be glad you did!
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents ­ from the Arctic to the South Pole ­ as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents "The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it" to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges.  He works to bring about sensible world population balance atwww.frostywooldridge.com He is the author of:  America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies available: 1 888 280 7715

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