Overpopulation Must Be Addressed to Slow Climate Change – Faith Group

Population growth, say Malawi faith groups, is a key ingredient to devastating climate change effects – calling for concerted multi-faith action to address the situation in the African country Malawi with haste, reports Patricia Masinga at the Nyasa Times. Faith groups meeting recently agreed that unless they join government and other local and international stakeholders in fighting environmental degradation, mostly as a result of Malawi’s population boom, the country and God’s earth stand to face even bigger climatic challenges. “Let us be straight here. Population growth is the key causative of climate change and its negative impacts.” Said Reverand Nanson Zonda. He noted that unless they develop a deliberate multi-faith approach to sensitizing people on the dangers of careless population growth, they will lose the climate change fight. “We must tell our people to control human procreation – thinking of manageable sizes of our families. We must start to be responsible with our population,” he added. A meeting facilitator said the church was a greater instrument in changing climate change impacts than government or other stakeholders because it has a wider constituency, and reaches out to people’s hearts.


faith group: overpopulation must be addressed to slow climate change http://www.nyasatimes.com/malawi/2012/09/20/malawi-faith-groups-commit-to-combat-climate-change-and-population-growth/


About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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One Response to Overpopulation Must Be Addressed to Slow Climate Change – Faith Group

  1. It’s great to see faith groups taking the overpopulation issue and saying what needs to be said. Most are unwilling to accept what is the obvious answer. Reverend Zonda surely has a good head on his shoulders. Dealing with the worlds overpopulation problem is certainly one of the many keys to solving the global warming issue, maybe. I honestly don’t know if we could ever reverse global warming, I’m certainly not an expert, by any means, but I do know that we’re utilizing roughly 22% more natural resources than our planet can sustain, and the population is expanding by more than 80 million people every year. That’s more than the population of Seattle every week! It’s going to take a lot to make right what we did to this wonderful Earth of ours. There will come a time when we need to understand that we all need to take personal responsibility for reproduction. We need to understand that there is a time when we need to set aside the “be fruitful and multiply” paradox and do what’s right for our planet. Thank you for allowing me to rant.

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