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Big Families Are Killing Our Planet... what do you think?

Posted by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 10:35 AM
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Moms With Big Families Are Killing Our Planet

Posted by Maressa Brown
on December 8, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Last month, a Pew poll showed that 53 percent of Republicans said there is no evidence of climate change. Clearly, they're not interested in listening to the 97 percent of scientists who agree that human-created carbon emissions from cars, factories, etc. are turning up the temperature of our planet. But that's OK. Those of us who know what's really happening may get a kick out of the latest "fix" that researchers say could result in a healthier Earth: Birth control.  

That's right. A new report from the Worldwatch Institute (an independent research organization that focuses on climate & energy, food & agriculture, and the Green Economy) states that better access to contraception could, in fact, fight global warming.

It all boils down to what seems to be a sensitive topic ... population control. Basically, the UN projects that the world's population will reach 9 billion by the year 2050. But if ladies have better access to family planning products and services, we could slow population growth—say, potentially leveling the number to 8 billion instead. The lowered world population would reduce CO2 emissions by more than if global deforestation were completely eliminated! Or by the equivalent of if the fuel efficiency of 2 billion cars were doubled from 13 kilometers per liter to 26 kilometers per liter.

This isn't the first report of its kind. Researchers have been saying for several years now that global warming and a woman's right to decide whether or not to have a child are inextricably linked. It makes sense: Every person on the planet makes a measurable carbon footprint.

Think this is all B.S. a la Al Gore? That's fine — for now, politics may stand a chance at drowning out science, but it doesn't change the fact that every year, 190 million women get pregnant, and a third of those women did not plan their pregnancy, according to the UN. That's obviously a problem that requires solving for many reasons unrelated to climate change.

As far as I'm concerned, better access to all forms of birth control (the Pill, condoms, IUDs, fertility awareness, even effectively using the Withdrawal Method!) and more comprehensive sex ed in schools (which would actually teach sexually active teens how to prevent a fate as MTV's next Teen Mom) means more women making educated, empowered decisions about their fertility and their overall health. A reverberating effect on the health of our environment is really just one more powerful upshot.

Do you think women should have better access to birth control?

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housefullofkidz
by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 11:26 AM

 

Do you think women should have better access to birth control?

I have all the access in the world. I have tried many forms of birthcontrol. I don't think that is truly the question as I WANTED a big family ;-) I don't think the government should have in a say in it. Plenty of familys decided not to have children or to only have one. I think it all evens out in the end.

XOXOnBubbles
by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 11:28 AM


Quoting housefullofkidz:

 

Do you think women should have better access to birth control?

I have all the access in the world. I have tried many forms of birthcontrol. I don't think that is truly the question as I WANTED a big family ;-) I don't think the government should have in a say in it. Plenty of familys decided not to have children or to only have one. I think it all evens out in the end.

I agree.  It should be a choice... and I think that it DOES even out in the end with so many people choosing not to have children at all these days. 

aecampbell
by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Yes I believe women should have better access to birth control. Pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars every year, birth control should be free!!!

Ugh. Teen mom disgusts me. . . Uneducated, selfish bitches : )

JZB
by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 11:41 AM

It's not the population it's the lack of sustainability and the way we consume

aecampbell
by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I agree that it is a choice. But I do NOT agree that it "evens out in the end". People all over the world are having babies, left and right. There's no "evening out"!!! Our world is becoming more and more over-populated. . .

http://www.overpopulation.org/

Quoting XOXOnBubbles:


Quoting housefullofkidz:

 

Do you think women should have better access to birth control?

I have all the access in the world. I have tried many forms of birthcontrol. I don't think that is truly the question as I WANTED a big family ;-) I don't think the government should have in a say in it. Plenty of familys decided not to have children or to only have one. I think it all evens out in the end.

I agree.  It should be a choice... and I think that it DOES even out in the end with so many people choosing not to have children at all these days. 


EmilyKC
by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 11:43 AM

 I agree.  Some things are none of the governments biz!

Quoting housefullofkidz:

 

Do you think women should have better access to birth control?

I have all the access in the world. I have tried many forms of birthcontrol. I don't think that is truly the question as I WANTED a big family ;-) I don't think the government should have in a say in it. Plenty of familys decided not to have children or to only have one. I think it all evens out in the end.

 

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aecampbell
by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 11:43 AM

I agree with the lack of sustainability and the way we consume as well. But I also think, and agree, that the world is becoming more and more overpopulated every day.

::shrugs::

That's not to say that I won't have another child next year : )

I try to do my part to decrease me and my family's carbon footprint EVERY DAY.


Quoting JZB:

It's not the population it's the lack of sustainability and the way we consume


..Lucky..
by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 12:36 PM

BUMP!

doulala
by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 12:42 PM

True.   How we conduct ourselves matters greatly and so far it's worse by the minute.   Adding more polluters to the population isn't helping.  
We need to be extreme activists to even it out and consider population control...

Also, for all these children we are producing we can appreciate that their world (and their children's world) won't be what we have known.    Things are changing quickly.   It's for their benefit to educate them.

Quoting aecampbell:

I agree that it is a choice. But I do NOT agree that it "evens out in the end". People all over the world are having babies, left and right. There's no "evening out"!!! Our world is becoming more and more over-populated. . .

http://www.overpopulation.org/



kajira
by Emma on Dec. 9, 2010 at 12:42 PM

I want a big family too, we have infertility issues.... we will be lucky to get pregnant a third time.. it took us almost 5 years to get pregnant with our second....

 

my first was unplanned, but wanted.

our second was planned and took forever to concieve.

 

At this point in my life, i'll take whatever I can get! LOL

 

I do think birth control is a great thing to have available to those who don't want big families or children right now.

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