Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Addressing Climate Change: Happily Child-Free

Researchers have calculated that one additional U.S. child increases the lifetime carbon emissions legacy of either parent by nearly six times. Thus, not having children is by far the single greenest action any one of us can take, although the child-free choice is not usually green-motivated.

If we are to hope for a humane human future, we must bring our populations down to a sustainable level, as we point out in our free online book, and this involves imagining just how joyful families of one or no children can be. The good news is that the process has already begun.
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1 comment:

Claire said...

I will happily reduce emissions by not having children! Excellent article.