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Demography or ecological footprint? | Science Press Agency

Last week at this show, we greeted young people and talked to them about environmental anxiety. A 2021 survey revealed that 39% of young people between the ages of 16-25 are reluctant to have children because they are concerned about climate change.

Can overpopulation exacerbate environmental problems? We immediately think of pollution, deforestation, or even the emergence of epidemics that pass from animals to humans.

However, different countries do not all have the same weight, in terms of ecological footprint. Overconsumption mainly affects western countries, and this may be a goal to make things better.

Do we really need to have fewer children? What are the demographic projections for the coming decades? Isabelle Bourgogne talks about it with:

  • Salome Sanea climate activist at Greenpeace Canada.
  • Solene LardeauProfessor in the Department of Demography at the University of Montreal.

How did we become so many? And what do the three main demographic scenarios say?

Is the question the weight of the population or the weight of the consumption pattern? Does this bring back the idea of ​​climate justice, because we are not all responsible on the same scale, between countries of the North and countries of the South?

What do we say to those who hesitate to have children because of the environmental crisis?

Is the COVID-19 pandemic an indicator of our footprint on the planet?


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