In Toronto today, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres responded to controversial comments she made, seemingly endorsing population control to protect the environment.
In a 2013 interview with Climate One, Figueres said humanity “should make every effort to change” the growth rate of the population.
When asked today exactly what she meant by her comments, and what specific efforts should be made to control the population, Figueres responded that she had been misquoted:
“I think that’s been really quite misquoted. What I mean is that currently, the current projection is for 2 billion people to be joining us on this planet and if we go on business as usual, that is the population that we’re going to have.”
While Figueres seemed to backtrack from her previous statement, she did not retract it.
“It is of course within the purview of every government to decide what they’re going to do.”
Figueres went on to echo a United Nations warning that the world is overpopulated and lacks enough resources to sustain a growing population.
“From a global perspective, we need to understand that we are today already beyond the carrying capacity of the planet. We’re already beyond what we can produce with food. We’re already beyond the water that keeps people healthy. So you have to balance out on the one hand, the natural resources, and on the other hand, population.”
When asked if she would endorse fertility management -- something Former Vice President Al Gore has supported to combat global warming -- she said, “that is completely beyond the climate convention and that’s for those authorities to decide and in particular for governments to decide.”
Figueres was in Toronto meeting with Premier Wynne. At the press conference, Figueres applauded the Premier’s decision to impose a cap-and-trade system on Ontarians.
Interestingly, journalists didn't ask why Figueres -- an unelected and unaccountable UN official -- had been invited to endorse Ontario Liberal policies.
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