The link between family planning and climate change
A client had funded a large programme of research on the links between population policy and stopping global warming. The research showed that giving women access to voluntary family planning would have more of an impact on emission off greenhouse gases than many more intuitive interventions. As well as being a cost -effective way of limiting global warming the spending would allow women to control their own reproductive health and allow couples to make decisions about the size off their own families.
The research was clearly both important and controversial. Our job was to assess how it would be received in Europe. Would it trigger any hostile reactions? Might particular groups struggle to understand the findings? Could there be any ideological backlash? Hyderus spoke to a broad range of stakeholders in six European countries and mapped any concerns. We also made a series of recommendations on how the findings could best be presented and made accessible to policy makes and policy influencers.