Nadya Suleman, the octuplets' mom making headlines lately -- to recap, she just added 8 babies to the 6 kids she already had -- is a prime violator of one green guru's advice: have 2 kids or fewer. From the TimesOnline:
Couples who have more than two children are being "irresponsible" by creating an unbearable burden on the environment, the government's green adviser has warned.
Jonathon Porritt, who chairs the government's Sustainable Development Commission, says curbing population growth through contraception and abortion must be at the heart of policies to fight global warming. He says political leaders and green campaigners should stop dodging the issue of environmental harm caused by an expanding population.
A report by the commission, to be published next month, will say that governments must reduce population growth through better family planning.
Contrary to what one detractor had to say, Porritt's not encouraging any kind of government interference with family size, just pointing out that it has an effect and is worth some thought if you're going to be considering how the way your live impacts the environment.
But the critic (Jenny Colgan) does point out that Porritt himself has two kids. I'll include some of the parts where she gets excited, too:
Go on, guess how many children Jonathan Porritt has. Yes, you're right! It's two! That is lucky, he won't have to choose which one to shovel into the relocation camp truck when it comes round his house.
One can only hope his policy works as fantastically well here as it does in China.
Does it really take a man to make such an absurdly stupid comment? Could we not look at a more sensible way forward: what about this. How would it be if every woman in the world could have exactly the number of children she would like? Which might be one, none or, as for certain Americans, fourteen or so, in great big chunks?