Oldspeak: What’s THE best way to save the Earth? Stop having babies. Baby-Free Living is the ultimate means to Go Green! Seriously. “A study by statisticians at Oregon State University concluded that in the U.S., the carbon legacy and greenhouse gas impact of an extra child is almost 20 times more important than some of the other environmentally sensitive practices people might employ their entire lives – things like driving a high mileage car, recycling, or using energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs.” To all my childless folks out there; good job, keep up the good work! And to all the parents; wrap it up today for a better tomorrow. 😀 The reality that no one wants to talk about is the world we are living on has a finite amount of resources to support life. We are currently taxing many of those resources to their limits. The earth was not meant to support 6 BILLION (and counting) humans, and certainly not 6 billion humans who generate as much environmentally toxic waste and pollution as we do. When humans lived naturally in harmony with the planet and didn’t artificially extend lifespan, it was cool to be baby factories. But with the advent of the Industrial Revolution ‘Modern Medicine’ and other life saving and extending technology, human population exploded to the detriment of many of our fellow earth dwellers and hasn’t let up since. At some point we have to make serious efforts as a species to curb our biological imperative to procreate because at this point it’s not helping. It’s hurting. If we continue our current unfettered path, with billions already starving as I type, expect to see more and more widespread food, water and resource shortages.
By Lisa Hymas @ Grist:
Happy World Population Day! You could solemnly mark the occasion by reading commentary and watching videos from the U.N. Population Fund and then writing a letter to the editor calling for improved global access to voluntary family planning.
Or you could watch comedian Doug Stanhope’s lewd, crude, misanthropic take on the issue. Did I mention it’s NSFW?