Why Population Matters to Climate Change

Demographic trends have an important connection to both the challenges and solutions to the problem of climate change. Rapid population growth exacerbates vulnerability to the negative consequences of climate change, and exposes growing numbers of people to climate risk. Population growth is also one of the drivers of the growth in greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Meeting people’s needs for family planning and reproductive health builds resilience to climate change impacts. Meeting family planning needs will also stem population growth, easing challenges associated with adapting to climate change impacts and reducing the growth of greenhouse gas emissions.
Population Action International (PAI)