Speaking to a gathering of mayors from around the world at the Vatican July 21, Pope Francis urged action to reduce global warming, saying he particularly hopes the UN climate summit later this year will address how it “affects the trafficking of people.”
Problem #1: Human-induced climate change has not affected the trafficking of people, or even migration in general.
The one and only candidate for climate-change refugee status, a man from the island of Kiribati, just lost his case on appeal, the court determining that he faced no danger from climate by remaining where he was.
Problem #2: The actual link is not between human-induced climate change and human trafficking but between fears of human-induced climate change and human trafficking.
How’s that? Climate alarmists blame global warming on human use of fossil fuels. The more people there are, the more fossil fuels get used. Consequently, one way to reduce global warming by reducing fossil fuel use is to reduce human population—or at least to slow its growth.
Such fears are among motivations behind government family planning programs meant to reduce birth rates. And in many developing countries, they lead to sex-selection abortions: baby girls aren’t wanted so much as baby boys, so they get “terminated.”
So you wind up with a big imbalance between men and women, as in China, where about 122 males are born for every 100 women. That leaves a lot of men (about 35 million in China alone right now), with natural testosterone-driven sexual urges, unmarried.
And that raises demand for pornography and prostitution, which raises the demand for—you guessed it, human trafficking.
That’s a point Elizabeth Yore, former General Counsel at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Virginia, made in a presentation (on video here) at The Heartland Institute’s climate science and policy event outside the Vatican on April 28, 2015. If Pope Francis had listened to her instead of overpopulation and climate scaremongers Jeffrey Sachs, Ban-Ki Moon, and Hans Joachim Schelnhuber, he might not have made this foolish, and tragic, error.
I.e., human-induced climate change doesn’t lead to human trafficking.
But fears of it—fears Pope Francis is spreading—do.
Featured image “Tráfico Humano” courtesy of Imagens Evangélicas, Creative Commons.