Wednesday, May 09, 2007

save the planet, don't have kids

I remember reading back in the early 1980's of the "population bomb" predictions. There wouldn't be enough food, people would be crowding on top of one another, plagues would sweep over the planet because there were too many humans. I recall being swept up emotionally and resolved to not have any children of my own. Luckily for my family's sake I stopped believing this enviromental wacko cult religion. Unfortunately, the wake-up call did not happen to most of the educated classes of the western world and they simply stopped having children.
Now not enough Europeans and Japanese young adults exist to replace themselves and those cultures are likely to become extinct. The Communists and the Muslims certainly didn't read those books and are reproducing at a fast clip. So, it will not be the case that just Europe will disappear, but that all of Western Civilization will be overrun.
These cases are presented very well in a book I read a while back, America Alone, but some academic types are still stuck back on the 1970's model of "don't have children and somehow save the planet."
HAVING large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour ...
"The greatest thing anyone in Britain could do to help the future of the planet would be to have one less child."

The world's population is expected to increase by 2.5 billion to 9.2 billion by 2050. Almost all the growth will take place in developing countries. The British fertility rate is 1.7. The EU average is 1.5. Despite this, Professor Guillebaud says rich countries should be the most concerned about family size as their children have higher per capita carbon dioxide emissions.


Milehimama said...

I just posted yesterday on this same thing! I point out in my post that the hormones from birth control are causing great harm to the water supply, fish, etc. - ironic, huh?

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Hilaire said...

I have often talked to people about this. Great post!

By the way you are tagged by the League for a meme. If you haven't done this one already.

Hilaire said...

Sorry I forgot to give you the link.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Maybe we ought to let Guillebaud know that our kids are going to be in charge of his social security. :)