Monday, April 26, 2010
Children throwing off my carbon footprint.
Now more than ever, the laws in China restricting the number of children in a family , are making sense. In an online article on grist.com by Lisa Hymas, she discusses the significance it can play on one's carbon footprint to not have children. There are more and more of people on the world everyday as the population is assumed to approache 9 billion by mid-century. If having fewer children is the best way to have an impact on climate change, people that care about the earth so much that climate change is their determining factor in not procreating, it is possible that the instinctive "tree-hugging" population might genetically remove themselves from the gene pool. It has been calculated in Scientific American, that over the life of a child, the CO2 emitted by them can add up to 9441 metric tons to the atmosphere. With exponential population growth inevitable, especially in developing countries, is this alternative surprising or difficult to accept? What would another baby boom in the developing countries do to the future projections of global temperature change. Even by using energy efficient car or appliances you will not make near as much of an impact as by not procreating.