NEW YORK CITY, June 23, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The effort to curb climate change demands that we “stabilize the population,” according to former Vice-President Al Gore.

Speaking at the Games for Change Festival in New York City on Monday, the leading environmental activist reiterated his demand for the promotion of “fertility management” among the poor to reduce the world’s population.

“One of the principle ways of [stabilizing the population] is to empower and educate girls and women,” he said, as reported by the Daily Caller. “You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management so women can choose how many children to have, the spacing of the children.”

“You have to lift child survival rates so that parents feel comfortable having small families and most important — you have to educate girls and empower women,” he continued. “And that’s the most powerful leveraging factor, and when that happens, then the population begins to stabilize and societies begin to make better choices and more balanced choices.”

While the question of whether climate change is, in fact, man-made is a contentious issue among scientists, it has nevertheless been used as a rallying cry for the international population control movement, including by leading international abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes.

Gore himself has advocated “family planning” measures, including abortion, to curb population as a means of protecting the environment for at least fifteen years.

Though the “education” in “fertility management” that Gore advocates is technically voluntary, critics have pointed out that such methods are often promoted by coercing poor women into accepting contraception who would actually prefer help bearing their children safely.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) claims that over 200 million women have an “unmet need” for contraception.  But, according to Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute (PRI), when that figure was developed, women were deemed to have such an “unmet need” based simply on the fact that they had had a baby in the last two years and were not currently sterilized or on contraception.

Further, PRI’s surveys in countries like Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Mexico have found in every case that “reproductive health” was lowest on women’s list of health care priorities.