Big Families Are the New Green

Here’s a Catholic version of environmental stewardship.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, One Baby At A Time

Spring 2010 – Faith & Family Magazine of Catholic Living

Got a big family? Then you already know that you’re crazy, a traitor to feminism, and a slave to the pope; you’re neglecting most of your kids and robbing the rest of their childhood; you’re a burden on the system in general, and you probably don’t own a television set.

But wait, there’s more! Don’t forget, you’re also destroying the earth.

Lately, it’s become fashionable for radical environmentalists to denounce large families as irresponsible, even selfish. Maybe you heard the remarks of the chairman of the U.K.’s Sustainable Development Commission, who said that, out of respect for the earth, couples should be legally limited to bearing two “replacement” children.

And yet, if we can get beyond the inflammatory rhetoric, do radical environmentalists have a point? Should we slow down a little? It almost seems like common sense, especially when you’re having one of those days when you do feel a little crowded by the swarms of ravening locusts — uh, I mean, treasured offspring who share your last name.

Click here for full story — Faith & Family Magazine: Big Families Are the New Green.


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One response to “Big Families Are the New Green

  1. profbob2

    What is the maximum or the optimal population that the earth can handle? It seems silly to propose increasing or cutting the population until this question is answered. I recently saw a projection that said if we wanted everybody to live at the level of the average Indian wicket handle 16 billion people. If we wanted the average person to live as the average American would handle 1.5 billion.
    The projection should certainly take into account: where we’re going to get more fresh water, since deep aquifers are being exhausted and glaciers are melting at rapid rates; with the amount of arable land being less than 10% of the total land and the disappearing through erosion and building at the rate of 230,000 mi.² per year; and more people certainly contribute to global warming. So let’s say some predictions that we can work with.

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