Think Tank Says Children Bad For Environment

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    Children 'bad for planet'
    By Sarah-Kate Templeton in London
    May 07, 2007 12:00am

    HAVING large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a big car and failing to reuse plastic bags, says a report to be published today by a green think tank.

    The paper by the Optimum Population Trust will say that if couples had two children instead of three they could cut their family's carbon dioxide output by the equivalent of 620 return flights a year between London and New York.

    Full coverage: Climate change in-depth

    John Guillebaud, co-chairman of OPT and emeritus professor of family planning at University College London, said: "The effect on the planet of having one child less is an order of magnitude greater than all these other things we might do, such as switching off lights.

    "The greatest thing anyone in Britain could do to help the future of the planet would be to have one less child."

    In his latest comments, the academic says that when couples are planning a family they should be encouraged to think about the environmental consequences.

    "The decision to have children should be seen as a very big one and one that should take the environment into account," he added.

    Professor Guillebaud says that, as a general guideline, couples should produce no more than two offspring.

    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 population of developed nations is expected to remain unchanged and would have declined but for migration.

    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.

    The Sunday Times,23599,21684156-5009760,00.html
  2. Mordecai

    Mordecai Member

    uh, stupid, another way to limit peoples freedoms.....Thank God we live in America...

  3. Fenix

    Fenix Guest

    it would work though..... :D (yes I know, it's a hope in vain)
  4. AGuyNamedMike

    AGuyNamedMike Lifetime Supporter

    LOL, what all these Chicken Littles fail to recognize is that the Earth is a self-regulating system, and that we human beings are a natural and indigenous part of it. We will overpopulate to the point that another part of the system readjusts, killing us off in massive numbers until equilibrium can once again be established. It's nature, don't fight it!
  5. Up front: the link I've provided is offensive to anyone with a sense of morality (and no, you don't have to be religious to dislike these folks).

    I think these people have it right. There is a surplus of people on this planet and we need to reduce the numbers.

    I think these guys need to have an epiphany and join this movement:

    This will give these types an excellent idea how to begin by setting a good example. They should show us how we can improve the earth, and by going first they can be pleased the world is better because of their actions. It's so obvious once you understand what they're saying...

    Warning--this is an offensive group!
  6. Kelotravolski

    Kelotravolski Member

    I really hope that all the idiot environmentalists decide to stop having children. Because they will then die off and there will be none left!
  7. neothespian

    neothespian Member

    heh....They keep pointing out that the UK needs to reduce the number of children it's having in order to "comply" with the rest of the EU.

    There's a reason we're not using the Euro: We are all about the EU and think it has done great things, but....

    We ARE Brittan. We are NOT about to have dictated to us how many children a family can have just because a think tank says so. There are inalienable rights the citizens hold, and having a healthy family is one of them! Be it with one kid, ten kids no kids, whatever.

    This will go over as a joke in the rest of the UK I can tell you that.
  8. Correct, the problem is that we keep darwinism form kicking in (survival of the fittest, thining out of the herd). Eventually something is going to catch up with us be it food shortage, virus, "global warming", socialism, etc, which will force a "market correction".