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Family Planning

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Maren Schermer

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Effective family planning strategies that focus on well-being, education and empowerment not only lead to fewer greenhouse gas emissions (fewer people = fewer emissions), but also less stress on natural resources. Project Drawdown notes that the need for better family planning is global. Not only women in lower-income countries lack access to contraceptives, the need exists in richer countries as well - such as the U.S. where 45 percent of all pregnancies are unplanned. Family planning is  an impactful strategy for improving the well-being of humans and thereby slowing climate change.

The stories in this collection (see below) offer examples successful reproductive healthcare programs. Botswana's fertility rates have fallen dramatically, thanks to comprehensive education and contraception programs that reach even rural areas. A nonprofit in Costa Rica is offering free contraception to women to help them break a cycle of poverty, and a program in Myanmar is breaking taboos by providing sex and gender education to young men and women. Also, by offering free, long-acting and reversible contraceptives, Colorado has halved teenage pregnancy and abortions. This solution is one of the Drawdown Ecochallenge actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM STORY COLLECTIONS RELATED TO PROJECT DRAWDOWN. 

Stories In This Collection (4)

Birth Control to Fight Poverty in Guanacaste

Birth Control to Fight Poverty in Guanacaste
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How Colorado Halved Abortion and Teen Birth Rates

How Colorado Halved Abortion and Teen Birth Rates
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How to grapple with soaring world population? An answer from down south

How to grapple with soaring world population? A...
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Sex, taboos and #MeToo - in the country with no word for 'vagina'

Sex, taboos and #MeToo - in the country with no...
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