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Family Planning and Education

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  • This article highlights the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that could be achieved by educating women and girls and meeting women's expressed needs and desires for access to voluntary, high-quality family planning.
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  • This brief article informs students that many girls and women do not have access to education or to family planning/contraception and how this relates to the climate crisis.
  • It focuses on meeting the needs and wants identified by women and girls, supporting gender equity, and ensuring human rights.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the terms: mortality, life expectancy, and empowerment.


Scientist Notes

Mainstreaming women and girls into climate policies and actions has good benefits for the planet. Education is key, and this resource will equip students on the need to share climate education with girls, promote equality, and reduce our collective carbon footprint. The resource is recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.14.6-8 Compare historical and contemporary means of changing societies, and promoting the common good.
      • D2.Civ.10.9-12 Analyze the impact and the appropriate roles of personal interests and perspectives on the application of civic virtues, democratic principles, constitutional rights, and human rights.
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