Confront Climate and Animal Impact
UNITED NATIONS: Recommend sustainable families and comply with international human rights obligations to ensure intergenerational equity when it comes to family planning.
IS HARVARD TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT ITS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES? TAKE ACTION.
DIRECT ACTION AND RETRIBUTIVE CLIMATE JUSTICE: Stand up for your fundamental human right to nature and target the people hurting our kids
ANIMAL & ENVIRO ORGS: Ask them to speak out for sustainable families Ask any groups you support, including child welfare and human rights organizations, to engage with these four crucial questions. Everything interrelates at family planning.
FIGHT FOR REAL ANIMAL RIGHTS: Animal advocacy and veganism begin with better family planning policies that leave room for nonhumans, and that build empathy in children. Make sure governments, corporations, and wealthy families are embracing and funding Fair Start family planning.
For more info on the debate about real animal rights, see our reporting on Vox.com, and how they can improve their work for animals.
CORPORATE CAMPAIGNS: Urge Unilever to include sustainable families in the #BrightFuture campaign. Together we can lean on companies to ditch socially and ecologically unsustainable family planning and promote Fair Start. Companies like Huggable have stepped forward, and others will too. Here’s our letter to Google on the need to support family planning reform.
DIVEST FROM POOR FAMILY PLANNING: Want to help Fair Start Movement identify and engage with major investors who should be investing in companies like Huggable that promote sustainable family planning, instead of those threatening our future? Contact us at Info@HavingKids.org. Our campaign to urge Google to embrace Fair Start in emblematic of the work you could do.
Promote Real Human Rights and Democracy
TRULY LIBERATING WOMEN: Efforts to ensure women can truly choose – themselves – to have a child or not has helped save the world from disaster. But those efforts – which really just threw the word autonomy at women and gave them access to family planning resources – fell well short of actual liberation or the changing of power dynamics. Urge the UN to take the next step to make relative autonomy real.
INDIA MUST ENSURE REGENERATIVE AND EQUITABLE FAMILY PLANNING: India is on the cusp of family policy reforms. But it should lead other nations by looking to international law, and adopting Fair Start as the standard that best ensures human rights. Urge it’s leadership to do so.
MODELING CHANGE: Some of the biggest progress in family planning and liberating women involves role modeling good planning, with groups like the Population Media Center bending the arc of growth and mitigating the climate and other crises through story telling. What if in addition to more sustainably sized families intending parents and their communities modeled equitable redistribution that leveled the playing field, socially and ecologically, for all kids? Read here for how we can do that.
JUSTICE BETWEEN FAMILIES: Why are smaller and child-free families subsidizing larger and less sustainable families? Learn more and take action.
YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN HAVE A RIGHT TO NATURE: And one way to secure it is by urging Congress and you state legislatures to issue resolutions recognizing it, as a step towards actual legislation and constitutional change. Contact us at Ashley@FairStartMovement.org to help us recruit sponsors from your state and congressional districts. Also, contact us to help urge the American Bar Association to adopt rewilding as a human right.
CHINA’S FAMILY PLANNING POLICIES: Debates about the future of family planning policy in China set up the perfect divide between those truly committed to human rights and democracy, and those who sacrifice our political freedom to economic growth. The former will work to expedite reduced fertility rates in China as a vehicle of democratize it from the inside out, while opponents will push for growth in contravention of freedom at the most fundamental level. Help us out and target the latter as threats to the United States and its values.
UNDERSTAND MASS VIOLENCE AND WHO IS RESPONSIBLE: Often, especially in the United States, acts of mass violence stem from people feeling disempowered – slowly pushed out of town halls and into shopping malls through growth-based family policies. Help publicly explain, via op-eds and otherwise, this fact and who at the top of our economic and political systems is responsible for that disempowerment, and benefitting from it.
FIRST GENERATION REFORMS: Past reformers successfully bent the world’s population growth curve, albeit without some of the qualitative changes Fair Start proposes. Nonetheless, their success is striking and there are at least nine ways to extend their approach.
VIOLENCE AND DISEMPOWERMENT: Acts of mass violence can be related to a sense of disempowerment that flows fundamentally from family policy. Urge The Violence Project to explore and report on this, and the solutions to reduce or eliminate such acts.