– how do we…

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…when our precious planet is on the brink of ecological meltdown, choose between ignoring our personal responsibility for inflicting unnecessary pain/ murder/ and extinction upon an infinite number of other species (vegans included), or taking the much simple and painless step, of…

… making it socially unacceptable to have children?

In just the last fifty years (a period of time so short it is virtually impossible to measure against the time our species has existed) we have managed to double our global population and simultaneously destroy almost all other forms of life, including the basic raw materials for life, on a planet where everything is finite.  This reign of terror is also speeding up, which means it is likely our population will double again even quicker.  Virtually everyone reading this will therefore witness the last days of our species.

Our only hope is to reverse this trend.  Either by doing nothing, let Nature unleash the virus/ global catastrophe which wipes us out, or taking the positive step, by accepting and promoting the irresponsibility of having children, through education/ media/ and social pressure.  Starting with the example of the membership of those at the forefront of environmental and moral awareness (religions/ permaculture teachers/ environmental organisations/ green politicians).  A hell of a lot more effective than anything they’ve managed so far with rhetoric/ campaigns/ and projects.

At the same time governments (and businesses) should also:

End fertility treatment.

End child benefits and maternity/ paternity leave.

End free and reduced rates for children.

End free education, instead extend the student loan scheme to include all education.

Make more public spaces and transport child-free.

End VAT exemption on products for children.

End all other tax breaks for children.

Offer incentives for sterilization.

What do you think?  That what we each crave is more important than the survival of everyone/ everything else on this precious planet?

(Inspiration for this came from Roger Deakin’s WILDWOOD, with grateful thanks to Dennis & Jessica who sent me a copy)

2 comments
  1. Alice Richardson said:

    I agree with some ideas…. I want to ponder the education part because education I feel should be available to all. But how about no free transport to schools? I had always like the quote that was on a poster I use to have which was “a child is God’s opinion that the world should go on”. I am responsible for putting 2 peoples on the Earth. I had geared them towards the care taking of this planet. Both are in their 30’s & are childless. I feel too ignorant about many things to judge except for the knowing how humans are wasteful & cruel when it comes to our environment & all co creatures sharing this planet. This is why i admire you & yours.

  2. Roger Vaughan said:

    “This reign of terror is also speeding up, which means it is likely our population will double again even quicker. Virtually everyone reading this will therefore witness the last days of our species.”

    Phil, my guess is that population growth itself is self limiting. A good example of this is Costa Rica, is Catholic by definition, and our Constitution states that it is founded as a Catholic country. However, our birth rate is at 1.8. The implication is that what with gender equality, sex education, birth control, free education and job opportunities, the birth rates tend to drop. Keep in mind, Costa Rica is a 3rd world country. As such I have hope for those other 3rd world countries.

    “At the same time governments (and businesses) should also:

    End fertility treatment.

    End child benefits and maternity/ paternity leave.

    End free and reduced rates for children.

    End free education, instead extend the student loan scheme to include all education.

    Make more public spaces and transport child-free.

    End VAT exemption on products for children.

    End all other tax breaks for children.

    Offer incentives for sterilization.”

    As to the above, and given the EU birth rate trends of -0.2, I would say that the previous would have little impact.

    The Spanish birth rate is projected to drop by 11% by 2050. A birth rate of 2.1 per woman is the replacement rate used by most all demographers. In Spain that number is currently at 1.3. The implication is startling. At a rate of 1.3 the country will have over 5.3 million fewer by 2050. If you thought that Almonaster was a quiet place to live then consider what it’s population might become in a few years.

    Clearly the problem is country specific. However, if your are referring to the EU then the actual problem and question is, who is going to pay your pension and health care?

    Roger Vaughan

    San Marcos de Tarrazu
    Costa Rica

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