Radio Ecoshock is an awesome, long-running environmental radio show that airs on more than 91 stations in the U.S. and Canada, plus podcasts and through their website which receives more than 31,000 downloads per month.
Alex Smith, the show’s outstanding host, interviewed our expert Alisha Graves last week. Alisha is co-founder of The OASIS Initiative: A project of University of California, Berkeley, an effort to forestall rapid population growth and extreme poverty in the Sahel region of Africa. Alisha also serves as Vice President of the Population Program at Venture Strategies for Health and Development, a California-based non-profit organization, where she oversees the “Rebirth of Population Awareness” initiative. And she is a research fellow for Project Drawdown, analyzing the potential contribution of family planning for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Our pitch had a provocative title, “Green Sex for Climate’s Sake,” and the show was equally intriguing. Here’s an excerpt from Alex’s description on his site:
“‘Green sex’ – Do it for the climate. We’ll find out what that means with Alisha Graves. The old saying about the circus: ‘There’s a sucker born every minute.’ But hundreds of new humans are born every minute, as the human population continues to multiply. Many will be Western-style super consumers, the ones who drain resources and fill the skies with greenhouse gases. If we can’t control that urge, a major climate disruption may do it for us.
“To hear some environmental groups tell it, all we have to do is install solar energy and drive electric cars – problem solved. But can we really tackle the climate issue without talking about population?
“Our instant mental defense is to tell ourselves it’s those billions of peasants ‘over there’ somewhere who are responsible for the population impact. What’s wrong with that idea? Think of it this way: if you decide not to have a child, you have done far more to reduce greenhouse gases than buying an electric car or installing solar panels. That is because every new consumer born is a heat engine.
“Sex is such a powerful urge. It can drive our lives even when our brains are barely involved, maybe especially when our brains are weak. Do you believe that rational debate can change sexual behavior? It’s interesting to discover that half the babies born in the United States were unintended. So fifty percent of the time, there was no conversation like “should we do this?” Meanwhile, states like Texas are making it harder and harder for a woman to access a safe and legal abortion. At times I’m sure we are going backward in population control, not forward.”
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