We can all do something to help the Earth and the survival of all species on it. I think that a good way to do this is to choose to have a small number of children, for example having one child in all in a family. With over 6 billion people already on the planet, we can help make room for nature and other species with our choice.
A study published in 2009 by Oregon State University researchers concludes that the best way for people to reduce their carbon footprint is to have fewer children:
I just shared my opinion about this subject with two people, didn't get any kind of response, wonder why that is? I have been thinking this for years and now here we are with a blog!
Thanks Sharon! I think it would be great if having one child in all could one day be a very popular choice. I'd like groups like this to help build momentum on it. It's good to talk to people about it too. Thank you!
Found this group by accident My dh and I decided, back in the 70s, to raise one child only because of world hunger, overpopulation, impact on the environment, etc. We made that good decision then and we have not for a moment thought that we could have or should have done otherwise. Now it seems even more important. Good for you for providing a forum in which to air these ideas!
Hi River, thank you for your caring decision! It is wonderful to have you in the group!
Another mom of an only, here.
I chose to bear only one child because the impact life in the West takes on our planet.
He's now 19, and not planning on kids at all.
Hi Robyn, that's great! I think it would be great if a lot of people would do the same. If humanity would take some of the pressure off the planet, how idyllic and peaceful, and full of pristine nature the world could be.
Yes, I too, had one child who is now 27. I admit, if my marriage situation had been good, I may have had another. But, I am so glad for many reasons that ONE was the choice. Our earth needs this type of commitment.
Thanks Nancy for posting. I agree that our planet needs this kind of commitment, from large numbers of people.
So happy to see this thread reactivated.
I know so many people assume some families have an only child because of infertility issues, and I always find that offensive. There are so many other reasons why some people choose to have one child (and if infertility issues are the problem, that is fine too but folks should never assume).