One of the greatest threats to conservation is a growing human population, which places excessive demands on natural resources that our Earth is unable to sustain. During the past century, human population growth suddenly exploded – today, more than 7.5 billion people inhabit the planet. In striking contrast, prior to the 1800s, the human population consistently remained below one billion for 10,000+ years. This recent extraordinary growth, paired with modern tendencies for over-consumption, has placed the future of our planet at great peril.
A key solution to this dilemma is empowering women with greater access to voluntary family planning, which is crucial to both conservation and the overall well-being of society. Public health studies have revealed that when communities are given access to birth control and contraceptives, children are better nourished and educated, mothers are healthier, and family wealth increases. Despite these important benefits, women in many rural communities around the world lack access to these vital resources.
An essential initiative of Women for Conservation is to provide these communities with basic healthcare services, including access to birth control and family planning information.