The Berkeley City Council has called for "humane" population control measures to better help the environment.
Fox News reports that the city council lamented the coming "climate emergency" that could be more catastrophic than World War II.
"Reversing ecological overshoot and halting the sixth mass extinction requires an effort to preserve and restore half Earth’s biodiversity in interconnected wildlife corridors and to humanely stabilize population," reads the resolution.
The resolution goes on to incorrectly cite Pope Francis' ecological encyclical "Laudato Si," completely ambivalent to the fact that the Pope condemned population control as a way to fix the earth's ecological problems. In a speech to the United Nations, Pope Francis condemned population control as a "false solution."
Solutions for this "humane" population would be discussed at a supposed global summit in September, according to the resolution. This would be a means to "educat[e] our citizens about the climate emergency."
Regardless of how "humane" the Berkeley City Council tailors their language, population control measures inevitably end with poor people being exploited. Here's how LifeNews describes it:
Population control measures lead to horrific human rights abuses such as forced abortions and sterilizations. Under China’s one child policy, women were forced to abort unborn babies through all nine months of pregnancy, families faced harsh penalties and discrimination for having second children, and some went into hiding to protect their children.
China recently adopted a two child policy, but human rights advocates say the abuses continue.
Western nations have also used population control measures as a way to control third-world nations by denying them development funds unless they accept abortion, contraception, and sexual laxity. Pope Francis has referred to this as "ideological colonization."