What do Birth control and Literacy have to do with Climate Change

The Pioneer plaque.
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Now that you’ve fallen prey to my catchy title, don’t be fooled – the connections are not so remote as they appear at first glance. For those who have guessed, don’t spoil the fun.

Going by all known accounts, research information and the seemingly urgent political summits on the horizon – no points for guessing – climate change is being caused and accelerated only by one single species, humankind. So if stricter birth laws could be enforced, less human beings would be allowed to come into our planet and therefore would do less damage. (This would not hold if you included investment bankers and Nobel economists as being a part of humankind).

Here’s a sample from my proposed enactment
“The Birth Control and Literacy for Climate Change Act, 2009”.

Article 12: Whereas the minority religions of the world seek to remove all obstacles (including, but not limited to, the outdated institution of marriage) for bringing into this world;
(a) by conscious,  unconscious or accidental act of momental ecstasy, and

(b) performed between two or more persons of same (Section 377 of IPC) or opposite sexes; and  

(c) through physical or artifical means,

such an occurence may be permitted a maximum of 2 times in the lifetime of each of the persons involved, jointly or severally without exception.

And as for my literacy angle, it’s simple enuff … really!

If people could not read, how would they know what to make of the law, let alone follow it. I wonder why India’s population continues to triple every 50 years.

Adult Literacy








Hey, hey, hey! Not so fast! There’s more …


‘What about the so-called low-population, literate parts of the world?’
The ones they call developed.

Ah! That’s the other piece of the jigsaw. Going by the rate at which they pollute, consume, waste, destroy per capita … literacy is limited in its usefulness, merely to understanding the law and not practicing it. And expecting the rest of the world to practice what they preach while they go about their capitalism routinely.

Of the 73 ranking nations, Americans have the biggest annual “carbon footprint” at 29 tonnes of carbon dioxide per capita, Australians have 21 tonnes and Canadians have 20 tonnes, according to Reuters. Overall, Russia, India, the European Union, China and the U.S. are the top five CO2 emitters.

Climate change questions aren’t just math puzzles! So let me take a page from Conor F’s playbook and list some of the reasons why I don’t know how to make sense of global climate change. Here are seven (!):

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