Series Number: 93
PopDev is proud to reprint this strong statement from the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), a reproductive justice organization based in Denver, Colorado. The statement takes a stand against population reduction, or decreasing the number of births, as a strategy for environmental sustainability. COLOR’s critical stance is needed at this time, when “reproductive justice” is being used and too often abused by population groups and environmentalists to defend population reduction agendas. For instance, Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth, the group started by author Paul Ehrlich, who wrote The Population Bomb) features reproductive justice advocates and ideals on its web pages, alongside calls for population reduction as an environmental imperative. This is not new: in DifferenTakes #72, feminist scholar Jade Sasser exposed how environmental groups rebranded population alarmist approaches as “justice-based” interventions. COLOR’s statement explains why the two are inherently incompatible and contributes to this important discussion.