April 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Population growth contributes to climate change because each additional person causes emissions—-especially in high- and middle-income countries. While affluent populations cause the overwhelming majority of global emissions, low-income populations are the most at-risk for climate impacts. This talk will explore the ways in which population growth contributes to and is affected by climate change around the world. It includes several case studies which introduce the concepts of climate justice as well as the geopolitics of climate refugees. Hannah will argue that population growth simultaneously increases per capita emissions in high-income countries and exacerbates climate vulnerability in low-income regions where per capita emissions rates are low and where access to resources like health care and education are also limited. In an attempt to situate reproductive health care within the broader context of climate solutions, the lecture will conclude with a discussion on the ways in which family planning and education, in particular for women and girls, function as human rights-based, cost-effective approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation. We’ll also talk briefly about U.S. foreign policy as it relates to global health.