What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) June 19, 2015
“Pope Francis can’t claim to be an environmentalist until he gets real about family planning,” argues Vocative’s Joshua Krisch.
Pope Francis agrees we need to curb emissions because, as countless studies have shown, as the planet gets warmer the poor are the first to suffer. But climate scientists say all that means next to nothing until the world–and the Pope–gets serious about contraception.
The Sierra Club advocates “increased access to voluntary family planning — the ability to choose if, when, and how many children to have — is one of the most effective ways to address population growth and to achieve global sustainable development.”
Today’s Question: Can you be an environmentalist and oppose contraception?