When it comes to strategies to “drawdown” carbon emissions, investing in the education of girls — coupled with family planning — has been identified as one of the most powerful climate solutions. Increasing the years of schooling for girls helps to delay the first age of birth, increase spacing between births, as well as decrease desired family size.
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If universal secondary education for girls were achieved tomorrow, by 2050 the planet could have 1.5 billion fewer people — equivalent to more than 85 gigatons of carbon emissions avoided — than if girls’ access to education remained the same as today. The argument for girls’ education as a climate solution is both simple and powerful.
However, it isn’t as it appears. Here are three reasons why.
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Opinion: Girls Education as a solution to climate change is about more than fertility