According to the liberal media, lifestyle choices are sacred. That is, as long as those choices buck tradition. Having children is one “lifestyle choice” they discourage young people to engage in.
Britain’s The Guardian says, “the greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child,” and the caption under a group of adorable babies asks readers, “Can you bring yourself to have one fewer of these?”
They reference a study in Environmental Research Letters, which concludes that there are “four widely applicable high-impact actions” that could reduce annual “personal” emissions. They are:
- having one fewer child (58.6 tonnes CO2-equivalent (tCO2e) emission reductions per year)
- avoiding airplane travel (1.6 tCO2e saved per roundtrip transatlantic flight)
- living car-free (2.4 tCO2e saved per year)
- eating a plant-based diet (0.8 tCO2e saved per year).
The study claims the four actions could reduce more emissions than current strategies, such as recycling or changing household light bulbs. Simply switching to a plant based diet would be at least four times as effective as either action, the study finds.
The Guardian says the four reduction recommendations show the “true impacts of different green lifestyle choices,” and used the findings to declare “by far the biggest ultimate impact [on the planet] is having one fewer child.”
The study emphasized the importance of telling young people that having children could have an impact on the planet. The study says as adolescents on the verge of establishing patterns they’ll continue through life should be targeted with the information, and they were disappointed to find that the actions were by and large not mentioned in ten Canadian high school science textbooks.
The researchers say the adolescents need to know the “environmental consequences of family size” as they begin their sexual activity.
The Guardian pointed out that overpopulation is controversial as it relates to the climate change debate. They write:
…an American is responsible for 40 times the emissions produced by a Bangladeshi and that overconsumption is the crucial issue. The new research comes a day after researchers blamed overpopulation and overconsumption on the “biological annihilation” of wildlife which has started a mass extinction of species on the planet.
The Guardian then quotes Chris Goodall, who they say is “an author on low carbon living and energy.” Reportedly, Godall finds that the paper contains useful information and serves to remind us to fight global warming.
“But in some ways it will just reinforce the suspicion of the political right that the threat of climate change is simply a cover for reducing people’s freedom to live as they want,” Goodall reportedly said.
He said that since it will take “hundreds of years” to cut the world’s population, we should focus on emissions reduction for now.
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