Saturday, December 12, 2009
Zhao Baige, vice-minister of National Population and Family Planning Commission of China (NPFPC), has been described to defend China's one-child policy in terms of the environment:
Meanwhile, she said studies have also shown that family planning programs are more efficient in helping cut emissions, citing research by Thomas Wire of London School of Economics that states: "Each $7 spent on basic family planning would reduce CO2 emissions by more than one ton" whereas it would cost $13 for reduced deforestation, $24 to use wind technology, $51 for solar power, $93 for introducing hybrid cars and $131 electric vehicles.
She admitted that China's population program is not without consequences, as the country is entering the aging society fast and facing the problem of gender imbalance.
"I'm not saying that what we have done is 100 percent right, but I'm sure we are going in the right direction and now 1.3 billion people have benefited," she said.
She said some 85 percent of the Chinese women in reproductive age use contraceptives, the highest rate in the world. This has been achieved largely through education and improvement of people's lives, she said.
China’s implementation of the one-child policy in 1979 had little to do with this type of reasoning, but it’s interesting to see continued support for the policy from Chinese officials. Read more from the China Daily here.