However, Hymas’s article did not begin with a discussion on respecting women’s reproductive choices. Instead, her article began as a comment on those who do choose to have children, and why us breeders are killing the planet by doing so. In related article, she calls the child-free choice, “the green choice.”
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Instead of establishing her right not have children as a personal, private decision that is, frankly, none of anybody else’s business, she deflected the criticism of her choice toward the people who’ve made the personal, private decision to have kids.
The impact of humanity on the environment is not determined solely by how many of us are around, but by how much stuff we use and how much room we take up. And as a financially comfortable American, I use a lot of stuff and take up a lot of room. My carbon footprint is more than 200 times bigger than that of an average Ethiopian, more than 12 times bigger than an average Indian's, and twice as big as an average Brit's.
This weird mindset that having a baby is one of the ultimate life-phases needs to fucking go.
A parent from my school wants to ban THE GIVER. What do you think about that?
I think banning books is a very, very dangerous thing. It takes away an important freedom. Any time there is an attempt to ban a book, you should fight it as hard as you can. It's okay for a parent to say, "I don't want my child to read this book." But it is not okay for anyone to try to make that decision for other people. The world portrayed in THE GIVER is a world where choice has been taken away. It is a frightening world. Let's work hard to keep it from truly happening.
“It takes a whole planet to sustain the progress that we take for granted. You need smart, creative people to get new ideas, but they’re not enough. You also need armies of customers to turn creativity into a paying job. Creative geniuses are the most dramatic characters in the story of progress. Without a cast of billions of extras, however, the story would be less exciting. Indeed, without the extras, there would be no story to tell.”
Steer that blame right over here.
My carbon footprint is more than 200 times bigger than that of an average Ethiopian.
When a poor woman in Uganda has another child she might dampen her family's prospects for climbing out of poverty or add to her community's challenges in providing everyone with clean water and safe food, but she certainly isn't placing a big burden on the global environment.
Far and away the biggest contribution I can make to a cleaner environment is to not bring any mini-mes into the world. A 2009 study by statisticians at Oregon State University found that in America the climate impact of having one fewer child is almost 20 times greater than the impact of adopting a series of eco-friendly practices for your entire lifetime, such as driving a hybrid, recycling, using efficient appliances and installing compact fluorescent lights.
And so, for environmental as well as personal reasons, I've decided not to have children.
A 2009 study by statisticians at Oregon State University found that in America the climate impact of having one fewer child is almost 20 times greater than the impact of adopting a series of eco-friendly practices for your entire lifetime, such as driving a hybrid, recycling, using efficient appliances and installing compact fluorescent lights.
And so, for environmental as well as personal reasons, I've decided not to have children. I call myself a GINK: green inclinations, no kids.
weird looks and face awkward conversations with family members, friends, coworkers, and complete strangers.
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