Are Smaller Families Mother Nature’s Best Friend?

The studies and statistics about global warming, pollution, overpopulation, hunger and depleting natural resources are everywhere. Polar bears are starving, bees are dying, and that big Pacific Ocean garbage patch is growing. These sad things are all the result of… us. Some scientists even think that the grandchildren of the current generation are facing an “unprecedented environmental crisis.” Yikes.

Not cool, people. Put your trash in the trash can.

Not cool, people. Put your trash in the trash can.

Certainly some folks are far bigger environmental offenders than others, but more and more people are thinking hard about their carbon footprint and trying to control the overall impact that their day-to-day life and even their goals have or will have on our fragile planet. And we’re coming to realize that more people = more strain on the environment.

Environment aside, (and never mind expenses of parenting) many current and future parents are making conscious decisions to have only one child, and thereby helping to knock down the negative perception many folks have about the “only child.” But some folks, like Jessica Cupp of Springfield Oregon, count themselves among those forgoing parenthood altogether in an effort to protect the earth. She explains:

“The most impact I can do is not create an impact, not have kids, because they’ll have kids, and those kids will have kids. And before you know it, in 100 years there can be 100 people created from you.”

A 2009 study out of the University of Oregon indeed concluded that:

Some people who are serious about wanting to reduce their “carbon footprint” on the Earth have one choice available to them that may yield a large long-term benefit – have one less child.

This is some heavy stuff. But just like the University of Oregon study, we certainly don’t want the U.S. government going all China on us and to start regulating reproduction. We do, however, encourage future parents to consider the environmental consequences of their reproductive choices — something folks the Duggars clearly don’t think about.

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