…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)