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The Crowded GreenhousePopulation, Climate Change, and Creating a Sustainable World$
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John Firor and Judith Jacobsen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300093209

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300093209.001.0001

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The New World of Population Policy

The New World of Population Policy

(p.23) 2 The New World of Population Policy
The Crowded Greenhouse

John Firor

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the new world of population created by the ICPD in 1994. Over the centuries, different people in different places have worried about the relationship between human numbers and the natural world. Environmental and resource-scarcity arguments dominate the population movement that mushroomed in the 1960s, an outgrowth of the environmental movement in general. Another manifestation of concern with population and resources is a view, expressed by Europeans since the 1600s, that the distress of the poor and unemployed is due in part to the size of their families. The chapter describes the approach to population issues that prevailed from the time population became a widespread public concern in the 1960s. It focuses on the shift in approach that took place as women's health organizations and other feminist groups weighed in on population at the Cairo conference in 1994.

Keywords:   population movement, contraceptive, birth control, Cairo conference, health

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