RH Law will also mitigate climate change - Lagman

Posted at 02/04/2013 6:07 PM

MANILA - Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said the Reproductive Health (RH) Law is more than just a statute on family planning.

In his address during a forum organized by the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) and Population Action International, Lagman said empirical data provide that family planning is a cost effective tool in addressing climate change. “Truly, lesser emitters mean lesser emissions,” he said.

Citing a paper by the London School of Economics (LSE) in August 2009 entitled Reducing Future Carbon Emissions by Investing in Family Planning: A Cost/Benefit Analysis, he said “family planning is considerably cheaper than many low carbon technologies,” and that “family planning is a cost effective tool in reducing carbon emissions.”

The paper noted that spending $7.00 in family planning will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one ton compared to spending $51.00, $24.00, and $13.00 on solar energy, wind energy and deforestation programs, respectively.

He noted that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) defined climate change as “a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity.” As such, there is a link between population and climate change, he said.

Among others, the spacing of children mitigates population growth, he said.

He also noted the effect of “decreasing migration as fewer children exert less pressure on parents to seek the elusive ‘greener pasture’ in urban centers.”

“It is truly an effective development tool that will simultaneously aid government in addressing problems relating to population, reproductive health and climate change,” he said.

He added that the government will be able to generate more savings for climate change mitigation rather than channeling these for interventions in pregnancy and maternity-related health services.