While the controversy around the invitation of UN top official Jeffrey Sachs, a highly profiled promoter of abortion and population control, to speak at a conference on climate change at the Vatican is still fresh on everybody’s mind, it has emerged that another eminent supporter of Malthusian ideas has been asked to be one of the three persons (alongside a Cardinal and a Greek orthodox Archbishop) to present to the world Pope Francis’s new encyclical on the environment, Laudato sii, in a ceremony to be held at the Vatican on 18 June.
Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, the person in question, is the Founding Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He is credited for having invented the “two-degree target” to stave off global warming, and is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
In 2009, Professor Schellnhuber acquired worldwide notoriety for what the New York Times (with understatement) described as an “aggressive stance on climate policy” when he claimed that “the carrying capacity of the planet” were “below 1 billion people”.
If six years on he still holds those views, it will be interesting which advice he has to offer on how to adjust the World’s population, which currently stands at around 7 billion, to that “carrying capacity”. Abortion, even if offered “on demand” (as requested by the UN bureaucracy and others) will hardly be sufficient to achieve such an ambitious objective in the short term, so probably we will need a little genocide or two…