Will there be “untold human suffering” if humans do not stop having children in order to avoid a “climate emergency?” More than 11,000 scientists signed a paper authored by an ecology professor at Oregon State University making that case.
OSU’s William Ripple and Christopher Wolf, a postdoctoral research associate at OSU were the lead authors of the paper “World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency,” published in the journal BioScience.
Their call to “reduce the world population” is among six solutions. “We need to reduce fertility rates through voluntary family planning,” Ripple told The College Fix in an email.
The paper cites “proven and effective policies” that can help reduce the population in order to “strengthen human rights.”
They include access to family planning services for everyone, “full gender equity” and giving everyone “primary and secondary education,” especially women.
“We believe that prospects will be greatest if decision makers and all of humanity promptly respond to this warning and declaration of a climate emergency, and act to sustain life on planet Earth, our only home,” the paper states.
Ripple maintains a website called “Alliance of World Scientists,” where he encourages scientists to read his paper and sign his petition to show “that you generally agree with our article.”
The alliance has 15,000 members from 175 different countries, according to the website. While it claims to vet those who seek membership, the alliance specifically seeks “scientists from any scientific discipline, including graduate students in the sciences.” It makes no mention of requiring an institutional affiliation.