Mission Sustainability: Population V/s Planet
Human population growth is at the root of our most pressing environmental problems, yet it’s often left out of the conversation. We can fight to curb climate change, stop habitat loss and clean up pollution, but if we don’t address our unsustainable population, it’ll stay an uphill battle that we can’t win. The first step to solving a problem is getting people to talk about it.
Mobius Foundation is working to put the spotlight back on human population growth. For this, we have partnered with Zee Media to start conversations nationwide to explain connections between population growth and environmental sustainability.
Started with the Audio Visual which included the Honorable Prime Minister’s Message on Increasing Population: “Population Explosion can cause numerous new problems for us and our future generations, but there is a vigilant section of the public that is aware of this issue”
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Health Minister expressed his appreciation on launching this year-long awareness campaign. He further said that “population boom has been affecting the planet and the human race in many ways, people in developing countries like Indian feel the impact of environmental problems more acutely.”
The launch session was divided into three segments:
SPECIAL MESSAGE BY AMITABH KANTH, CEO, NITI AAYOG
The population explosion is a burning issue before every nation of the world. It is also a global problem, a social problem and an economic problem. There is a greater need for discussion and awareness on the population problem. The National Population Policy (NPP) finally came into force in 2000. The Policy states that the “immediate objective of the NPP 2000 is to address the unmet needs for contraception, healthcare infrastructure, and health personnel, and to provide integrated service delivery for basic reproductive and child healthcare”.
Universally, Family Planning is considered the smartest development investment. For India to realize its sustainable development goals and economic aspirations, it is important to ensure that people have informed access to contraception and quality family planning services.
SESSION 1: POPULATION VS PLANET: SUSTAINING THE BALANCE
Mr Rameshwar Prasad Gupta, Sec. Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change
Dr Madhavan Nair, Sec. Ministry of Earth Science India
Mr Pradip Burman, Chairman Mobius Foundation
Overpopulation will become a problem when our lifestyle is such that we are exploiting the earth’s resources and our consumption pattern is increasing, and we are not recycling the resources. People should be urged to switch to a sustainable lifestyle. The urgency of the Paris Agreement should be emphasized and the message should be brought forwards that we are not doing enough for our next generation to survive.
First side chat with Mr Pradip Burman, chairman, mobius foundation
He mentioned that the Mobius Foundation is focusing on two main objectives EDUCATION and POPULATION STABILISATION and said that two solutions can be implemented right away RECYCLING and RENEWABLE ENERGY. If we can attain 100% of these two things, then our problem is solved.
SESSION 2: POPULATION STABILISATION: THE ROAD MAP
Dr Ram Boojh, CEO, Mobius Foundation
Ms Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India (PFI)
Ms Shailaja Chandra, Former Secretary to the Government of India and Former Chief Secretary, Delhi
Mr Manu Gaur, President, Taxpayers Association of Bharat (TAXAB)
The population should be seen in terms of TRF (Total Fertility Rate). Except for Bihar and Uttar Pradesh TFR is under control in the rest of the Indian states. We have a huge population dividend. We need to increase investments to provide quality family planning to women and men of reproductive age. However, the family planning budget which should have increased significantly got cut in the latest budget. Education and good health are imperative for the workforce of a young nation like India and women should also be empowered to understand their rights. Investing in human capital and family planning can increase the GDP by 13% and is the key to achieve population stabilization.
SESSION 3: EDUCATION AND AWARENESS
Dr Ram Boojh, CEO Mobius Foundation
Kartikeya Vikram Sarabhai, Founder and director, CEE
Prof. Saroj Yadav Dean (Academic) NCERT
K.S. James, Director, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)
The session focused on: ‘why there is a lack of education and awareness around population stabilisation’. Points in focus included:
- Education leads to lower birth rates and slows population growth. This makes it easier for countries to develop. A more-educated workforce also makes poverty eradication and economic growth easier to achieve.
- The literacy rate is directly proportional to the fertility rate.
- Lack of formal education on matters related to population, like family planning, sexual education, reproductive behaviour, cultural and social values, contraception is missing from the educational structure.
- This should not be a controversial subject, rather taken to the younger generation and young couples openly.
Climate Change Documentary | Mission Sustainability: Population VS Planet
Teaser :- Take a sneak peak into our upcoming documentary on the impact of rising population on our planet.
Earth has a population of 7.8 billion people. An increase of 80 million people every year is adding to the burden on our resources and the planet. The global Population is projected to cross 9 billion by 2050 and the Earth has limited natural resources. In other words, Earth’s carrying capacity can soon be exhausted.
But the damages can be reversed. It is possible for us to slow down the effects of climate change but beyond the tipping point, impacts cannot be reversed. Stabilizing the population is a key step leading to controlled consumption of natural resources. Being water-wise and using public transportation can reduce carbon footprint. Improving schools infrastructure and its environment. A stabilized population can lead to improved health care services and economic opportunities as well.