London School of Economics: Fewer Kids, More Abortions, Better Environment

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 9, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

London School of Economics: Fewer Kids, More Abortions, Better Environment

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 9
, 2009

London, England ( — A new analysis from the London School of Economics is targeting people who have children as being responsible for destroying the environment. With a population control agenda in mind, its analysis draws the conclusion that fewer children and more abortions means a better environment.

Although the report, entitled Fewer Emitter, Lower Emissions, Less Cost, focuses on "family planning" and contraception, the idea is that fewer children born means the environment will be better off.

Roger Martin, chairman of the Optimum Population Trust at the LSE, is one of the school officials behind the report.

His research indicates contraception is five times cheaper than conventional green technologies in reducing global CO2 emissions. LSE estimates that, for every $4 (UK) spent on contraception and family planning resulting in a reduction of emissions by one ton equals the same reduction as $19 (UK) spent on green technologies.

Martin says 34 gigatons (billion tons) of CO2 would be saved if nations did more to push population control by promoting contraception and abortion.

“It’s always been obviously that total emissions depend on the number of emitters as well as their individual emissions – the carbon tonnage can’t shoot down as we want, while the population keeps shooting up," Martin complained in comments to the London Telegraph.

He points to UN data suggesting that aggressive population control could reduce unintended births by 72 percent.

However, other research shows nations are experiencing a birth dearth that is causing a host of social and economic problems.

"Worldwide, birthrates have declined by 50% in the past half-century," the film Demographic Winter notes. "There are now 59 nations, with 44% of the world’s population, with below replacement birthrates."

A birthrate of 2.1 is needed to replace current population, but the European Union has a birthrate of just 1.3. By 2030, Europe is expected to have a shortfall of 20 million workers.

Barry McLerran, the producer of the film, previously told that it "shows what happens when countries comprising 80% of the world’s economy have plummeting numbers of workers, consumers and innovators – leading to falling consumer spending, and too few workers to support the elderly."

Meanwhile, in Russia, where abortion has been used for decades as a method of birth control, the nation is expected to lose one- third of its current population by 2050.

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