This article is about only having one child for fear of increasing future’s carbon footprint:
In some sense, you are responsible for the carbon emissions of your descendants,” he said in an interview. He added that the impact on population growth and consumption of resources are also important to consider.
Then yesterday, I went to this event:
As soft-impact tourism, ArtWalk is non polluting and is inclined to attract people respectful of the community while generating community pride.
The random question for today is: Am I also responsible for the non polluting art of my descendants? Who will buy this non-polluting art (and let me tell you, it wasn’t cheap) if we have no descendants? What is my carbon footprint when I drive to the non polluting art event? Hmmm. High class problems, to be sure.
Ouch! Brigitte hurt herself falling over backwards while trying to fetch eyeballs that had rolled a little too far.
Tanya ponders: More art (AKA stuff) and less decendants (AKA consumers)… isn’t that what Al Gore wanted from the start?
Véronique adds: Excuse me while I pull out my soapbox. I think the one-child-as-environmental-statement is a cop-out. It’s the kind of excuse people who are too self-absorbed to have a larger family use to make themselves look more self-sacrificing. It’s like couples who live in expensive houses, driving expensive cars, going on expensive vacations and tell you they would have “much preferred staying home to raise the kids but couldn’t afford it…” Why not just assume the fact that kids get in your face? Not giving a child a sibling is a decision that the only child does not make but that he or she will have to live with for the rest of his or her life. Even after the parents die. I personally think it’s unfair but I have six children so take it or leave it.
There is a mansion on my street. It’s likely three times the size of my house and my house is about 3,000 square-feet. Like me, the owners have two vehicles that they use to go shopping etc. But unlike me, the owners have two kids. They are driving the same distance I am to buy food and gas and drive their kids to activities. Except that they are doing it for four people, I am doing it for twice that number. So who has the bigger carbon foot-print? The problem is not the number of children. The problem is our lifestyle.by