Having Children or Going Green?

A friend sent me a link to an article about women choosing to not have babies. No big deal, not all people are cut out to be parents, and others just prefer to not have children for any number of reasons. What was so different about this article was the reason these women chose not to have children.

Meet the women who won’t have babies – because they’re not eco friendly

At the age of 27 this young woman at the height of her reproductive years was sterilised to “protect the planet”.

Incredibly, instead of mourning the loss of a family that never was, her boyfriend (now husband) presented her with a congratulations

“Having children is selfish. It’s all about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet,” says Toni, 35.

“Every person who is born uses more food, more water, more land, more fossil fuels, more trees and produces more rubbish, more pollution, more greenhouse gases, and adds to the problem of over-population.”

OK, so everyone’s allowed their own reasons for whatever choices they make. I can accept that. But then I continued reading the article and saw this:

“We love walking and hiking, and we often go away for weekends.
“Every year, we also take a nice holiday – we’ve just come back from South Africa.

“We feel we can have one long-haul flight a year, as we are vegan and childless, thereby greatly reducing our carbon footprint and combating over-population.

“My only frustration is that other people are unable to accept my decision.”

I can accept her decision, it’s her life, her body, her beliefs. Only now, I’m wondering what kind of car they drive to get away for those nice weekends to hike. I also wonder why she’s not concerned about that 1 flight a year. But then she does justify it by claiming they feel ok with the yearly flight because they are vegan AND childless.

I also wonder if she can accept other people’s decisions to have children and not fly anywhere and own hybrid cars.

Then today I discovered this is not such a wild idea after all. From Australia, I bring you this tidbit:

‘Tax Parents for Children’s Carbon Emissions’ (CNSNews.com) – Having babies is bad for the planet, and parents of more than two children should be charged a birth levy and annual tax to offset the “greenhouse gases” their child will be responsible for over his or her lifetime.

At the same time, those who use and prescribe contraceptives and sterilization procedures should earn tax relief for such greenhouse friendly services” that help to keep the population size down.

What makes this more strange is that it seems to contradict this 2004 article headlined:

Having Babies Seen As ‘Patriotic Duty’ in Australia (May 12, 2004) Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) – The Australian government is risking the ire of population-control advocates by urging — and offering incentives for — citizens to have more children.

and conflicts with this 2005 article they ran, headlined:

China’s Abusive Population Policies in the Spotlight Again (Sept. 20, 2005) (CNSNews.com) – Washington’s decision to withhold funding for a U.N. agency for the fourth consecutive year because of links to controversial population control practices in China comes at a time when Chinese authorities are trying to focus more attention on incentives rather than punishment for enforcing its “one child” policies.

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~ by swfreedomlover on December 13, 2007.

3 Responses to “Having Children or Going Green?”

  1. If having children is so selfish, then they must hate their parents. I know you’re concentrating on another aspect, but while I can accept not wanting children, I don’t understand why they have to justify their childlessness and then expect me to bow down to it as more superior than my reason to HAVE children. Many of them say “any idiot can pop out a kid” and I respond, “any idiot can NOT pop out a kid”. I don’t go around justifying my reason to HAVe children by talking crap about how selfish THEY are and how they aren’t contributing to the future of our country, which means they obviously feel some need to justify themselves.

  2. I’ve always said, “If you have to justify something, you already know you are wrong.” The only true way to get relief from this so called “carbon footprint” is to not have children, PERIOD. So if we ban births, I guess the human race is doomed to extinction. Personally I think this is all hype and blather distracting us from what is really going on and what we SHOULD be paying attention to, namely our governments. They are the onces taking bribes from big business so they can cheat on their chemical emissions. If we focused on that, we wouldn’t be so worried about the average citizen since we are short-lived by comparison and doing MUCH LESS damage to the environment than they are. Follow the money and see where it leads, that is the biggest clue!

  3. I think that overpopulation IS the number one cause for most if not all the world’s problems. Pollution of the sea, land and air…population related. Mass extinctions, war, disease….population related. Resource depleations, excessive traffic, and housing problems…again population related.
    There is no need to have children when the population is about 3 times the maximum for the earth to recover. If everybody thought before they acted, I believe the situation would be very different. The best way is to let nature take it’s course and let the strong, the smart and the financially stable survive. Do not give incentives for having children. Stop feeding the third world and let them learn from their actions. Give incentives for zero or negative population growth. This will head us in the right direction. It’s all about common sense.

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