Letters Spotlight on climate change

Opportunity to discuss voluntary family planning was missed in spotlight on climate change

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2575 (Published 10 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2575
  1. John Guillebaud, emeritus professor of family planning and reproductive health, University College London1
  1. 1Elliot-Smith Clinic, Churchill Hospital, Oxford OX3 7LJ, UK
  1. j.guillebaud{at}lineone.net

Voluntary family planning as a relevant intervention was mentioned only briefly in two of the nine articles of the spotlight on climate change and was not mentioned at all in the article entitled “What needs to be done.” 1 2 3 Otherwise, population growth featured not as something for humankind to address—wisely and compassionately—but as a given to which we must try hopelessly to adapt.

Why hopelessly? Because the required scale of …

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