Christiana Figueres gets a bad rap over her population comments

Conservative Web sites are styling Costa Rica’s Christiana Figueres
as Doctor Death.

Ms. Figueres is the executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. She gave an interview with Climate One, and a six-minute, 40-second version made the Internet.

When asked, she said that fewer people in the world would exert less pressure on the national resources. She also said that the current population, expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, already exceeds the planet’s carrying capacity.

“We should do everything possible,” she said without advancing specific remedies.

A Web site called PatriotNewsII said she wanted to depopulate the planet. The site also said that Ms. Figueres wanted to kill off capitalism by stressing global warming.

Another site called also accused her of trying to depopulate the planet, which is different than slowing a rising population. As Greg Dalton of Climate One said in asking the interview question, population control is a controversial issue.

Another Web site,, handled the story correctly and said that Ms. Figueres suggested efforts to reduce global population trends.

A Canadian reader said Tuesday that “it’s not as though these suggestions are anything new as they’ve been around for a long time, just that they are being proposed by a supposedly august body such as the U.N. — begs the question, where does she intend starting this process?  Perhaps Costa Rica?”

Clearly the implication was that Ms. Figueres was suggesting some type of Gestapo-like culling of the population.figueres041615

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