Why You Should Make Babies

Interesting article from the BBC a few days ago

A British think tank is proposing that people limit themselves to two children in order to be environmentally responsible.  Green Politics.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2007/jul/11/greenpolitics.children

Families should restrict themselves to having a maximum of two children to stabilise the effect on the environment of Britain’s rapidly growing population, a think tank warns today.

According to the Optimum Population Trust, Britain’s rising birth rate, currently growing at the highest rate for nearly 30 years, should be considered an environmental liability.

And here’s an editorial about it:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7865332.stm

Uncontrolled population growth threatens to undermine efforts to save the planet, warns John Feeney. In this week’s Green Room, he calls on the environmental movement to stop running scared of this controversial topic

This is interesting for a lot of reasons.  One, because France is trying to encourage women to have more children to renew generations:

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,1720921,00.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/17/AR2006101701652.html

I’m all for the Green movement … at least I thought I was.  But it’s becoming more and more aggressive.  Reaching longer and farther and deeper into politics and ethics and economics.  Isn’t it?  As a semi-tangent, I was watching some shows on the Science and Discovery Channels about climate change.  And it was basically voice overs, footage of ice breaking off glaciers, cars and traffic, cities, polar bears swimming, interviews, footage of ice breaking off of glaciers, penguins, computer simulations of dramatic sea level rise, ice breaking off of glaciers, fat people from the neck down, airplanes, crowded city, ice breaking off glaciers.

And I realized that I was being indoctrinated.  If you say the words “climate change” or “global warming” I instantly envision melting glaciers and Washington DC being twenty feet under water.  Why?  We’re being conditioned.  I can’t even imagine how intense the eco messaging being directed at kids is.

It’s kooky, though.  If it’s cold out, people will say, “Where’s Al Gore when you need him?”  Pat Robertson said that as well as other Right wing pundits but then again they read the same weekly talking points memos.  “It’s the coldest inaugration since [long time ago].  What happened to global warming?”

Meanwhile, Australia’s in a drought, record high temperatures in the 120’s F and has 25 wildfires raging.

I want some damn snow.  What happened to winter here?  Someone answered, “Global warming?”  But Kentucky is without electricity for weeks on end because it’s buried in ice and it’s a little farther south than we are.

These things are not simplistic.  Weather.  Chaotic systems on a global scale.  Let’s please remember to use our brainial organs.

Back to Birth

I detoured off the paved road there for a bit.  Sorry.  I’m tired.  Having trouble focusing.

To my friends who are married, I think you should have children.  A few children. Why?  Because I’ve seen elderly people who haven’t had children and the regret is palpable.  Because you’re the ones who will do their best to raise responsible, educated (whatever that means), environmentally aware, self aware children.  Not that there are any guarantees, but you’d try because you care.  Because you care about the world around you and the world in general.

Yeh, I know.  And I want to have kids, too.  I do.  But apparently that requires finding a woman on this planet who’ll give me the time of day.  At the least.

The irony is that the people who could raise the brightest, motivated, nurtured children are the ones that will say, “It’s irresponsible to have a child because of our carbon footprint.  Just think how much plastic one child involves.”

F that, y’all.  Meanwhile, those who don’t care or those who are more concerned with managing day to day survival are cranking out kids like gum ball machines crank out Skittles.

So I just decided for you.  You’re having kids.  Two kids.  I think that’s fair.  Money?  You’ll figure it out.  Get on it.  K.  Thanks.  Bye.

My Final Argument

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