16 Low impact families with fewer children

Livelihoods are environmentally sustainable when they maintain or enhance the local and global natural resources on which livelihoods depend. Livelihoods are socially sustainable when they can cope with and recover from stress and shocks, and can provide for future generations. A sustainable livelihood is one that encompasses meaningful work that fulfils the social, economic, cultural and spiritual needs of a person, and safeguards cultural, and biological diversity.

Attention has therefore turned to the question of population growth – it is far easier to preserve the environment if our natural resources are shared among fewer people. Environmental degradation will accelerate if the increase in the global human population is not slowed down.