Niger environmentalists say family planning can help reduce climate change

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Publication Info: CGTN Africa

Date of Publication: October 7, 2019

Author(s): Halligan Agade

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Environmentalists and youth activists in Niger have embarked on a campaign to fight climate change by encouraging families to reduce the number of children being born. The move is controversial but the activists hope the idea is one more families will consider, to help reduce threats from the destructive effects of a changing climate.

Niger is a country with the world’s highest birth rate per woman with statistics showing that each woman has on average 7.6 children. Climate change has meant Niger has seen a swift rise in temperatures and less abundant water flows in rivers, in addition to more intense droughts and floods, said Issa Lele, a meteorologist with the United Nations Development Programme.

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