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Population Connection


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Civics, Health

Resource Type

  • Presentation Slides

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PDF, Microsoft Powerpoint

Solutions Through Reproductive Health: Why Family Planning Can Help Solve Climate Change

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Population Connection

  • This resource details the importance of educating girls and women and the need for voluntary family planning and reproductive healthcare as a way to mitigate the threats of climate change and lessen inequality and poverty.
  • The slides cover the unmet need for (and impact of) family planning, how population growth contributes to climate change and climate vulnerability, and examples of how this need is being met globally.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource offers a comprehensive look at the importance of voluntary family planning in order to meet population growth goals and lessen the impacts of climate change. 
  • The slides include data, images, and informative text that will keep students engaged and learning. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the concept of family planning.
  • Students should be able to read graphs. 


  • This resource would work well in science classes discussing the most effective ways to curb climate change and environmental decline
  • Social studies classes can use this presentation to connect to women's rights, equality, and cultural norms.
  • Health classes can use this presentation to open a discussion on family planning, access to healthcare, and women's health. 
  • This resource would make a great group discussion outline or starter. After each section, students can pose questions to the instructor or their peers for discussion and clarification. 
  • As an extension, have students research another country that would benefit from better access to voluntary family planning. 
Scientist Notes
The resource examines reproductive health advancements and family planning as important strategies for controlling population increases. Rapid population growth threatens important development strategies and has an impact on environmental sustainability. The use of this resource in the classroom is advised.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.9-12 Use disciplinary and interdisciplinary lenses to understand the characteristics and causes of local, regional, and global problems; instances of such problems in multiple contexts; and challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address these problems over time and place.
      • D4.7.9-12 Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.10 By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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