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“Population control is not what makes climate change a feminist issue”

2009

Jess McCabe in The Guardian

“Women contribute less to global warming yet will be hit harder by its effects. Reproductive justice is a separate issue”

Last week Mary Fitzgerald argued that climate change is a feminist issue on the basis that population control is a way to prevent the situation spiralling out of control. And, she posited, this could be achieved by giving more women more autonomy over their own bodies, through improved access to contraception and abortion.

I’m not going to get into the arguments around whether population control is a good solution to climate change. Others have already done so; George Monbiot’s piece barely more than a month ago, for this newspaper, is a great place to start.

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