John A. Quayle
blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Fri May 11 21:40:37 MDT 2007
>More obscenity from the eco-whackos....
> From The Sunday Times
>May 6, 2007
>Having large families "is an eco-crime."
>Sarah-Kate Templeton, Health Correspondent
>HAVING large families should be frowned upon as an environmental
>misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a
>4x4 car and failing to reuse plastic bags, according to a report to
>be published tomorrow by a green think tank.
>The paper by the Optimum Population Trust (OPT) will say that if
>couples had two children instead of three they could cut their
>family's carbon dioxide output by the equivalent of 620 return
>flights a year between London and New York.
>John Guillebaud, co-chairman of OPT and emeritus professor of family
>planning at University College London, said: "The effect on the
>planet of having one child less is an order of magnitude greater
>than all these other things we might do, such as switching off
>lights. An extra child is the equivalent of a lot of flights across the planet.
>"The greatest thing anyone in Britain could do to help the future of
>the planet would be to have one less child."
>In his latest comments the academic says that when couples are
>planning a family they should be encouraged to think about the
>environmental consequences. "The decision to have children should be
>seen as a very big one and one that should take the environment into
>account," he added.
>Guillebaud says that, as a general guideline, couples should produce
>no more than two offspring.
>The world's population is expected to increase by 2.5 billion to 9.2
>billion by 2050. Almost all the population growth will take place in
>developing countries. The population of developed nations is
>expected to remain unchanged and would have declined but for migration.
>The British fertility rate is 1.7. The EU average is 1.5. In some
>countries, such as France, the government is so concerned it has
>introduced financial incentives for women to have more than two children.
>Despite this, Guillebaud says rich countries should be the most
>concerned about family size as their children have higher per capita
>carbon dioxide emissions.
>The suggestion has been criticised by family rights campaigners.
>Eileen McCloy, a geography graduate from Glasgow with 10 children,
>said: "How dare they suggest how many children we should have. Who
>do they think are going to look after our elderly?"
>"According to this I would have five couples' quota of children. I
>believe my children will be productive members of society."
>For more on the environment, read the Eco-Worrier blog
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