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/