Click here and read about a fascinating suggestion of a new, more "eco-friendly" policy:
"Associate Professor Barry Walters said every couple with more than two children should be taxed to pay for enough trees to offset the carbon emissions generated over each child's lifetime.
Professor Walters called for condoms and "greenhouse-friendly" services such as sterilisation procedures to earn carbon credits."
The reason behind such an anti-child, anti-family idea?
"Every newborn baby in Australia represents a potent source of greenhouse gas emissions for an average of 80 years, not simply by breathing but by the profligate consumption of resources typical of our society."
Profligate consumption of resources. You mean the rampant consumerism that is driving our lives in a futile cycle of spending most of our waking hours slaving away at jobs that allow us to buy lots of things we don't really need? The idea that we must always have the best and latest, and we must have it now? Sad and frustrating, indeed. I suppose one of the options, and the most popular one these days, is to have as few people as possible so we can carry on with our wasteful lifestyle.
Limiting our drive for consumption and teaching our children to be wiser stewards of the earth's resources, to have just what they need and use just what they can't do without, is another option. This isn't something that can be done by legislations and campaigns; it's quiet, steady work that doesn't involve glamour, bonuses and promotions. And in the long run, I believe it's the only way to really help our planet, because greed is limitless and being fewer doesn't mean we will be any less consumption-driven.
It would also mean a great deal of discipline, self-control and sacrifice. I suppose that's why having fewer children is the more attractive option of being "eco-friendly". It just goes hand in hand with our current selfish, self-indulgent, get-it-now attitude. And I guess that's also why it's promoted by "professionals" aiming for quick headlines and cheap popularity.