Why being childfree is good for everyone

Welcome to Earth Day 2015 and to reason # 34,967 not to have kids…the environment. We haven’t discussed this aspect of the childfree lifestyle on w{n}hab! as much as some others but it is certainly one of the most positive effects of the choice not to procreate.

So, reduce, reuse, recycle, and read this post from our friend Simon at Population Matters. When you’re done, reward yourself for the wise choice you’ve made not to add one (or two or three…) mouths to this already crowded planet.

Why being childfree is good for everyone

by Simon Ross

Image - Population MattersAccording to the current Pope “The choice to not have children is selfish. Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished.” He is wrong. He is wrong because there are too many people. Too many people for other species, who are being exterminated at an unprecedented rate.

Vertebrates, animals with backbones, have declined by half over the last forty years. Scientists, comparing it with ancient asteroid strikes, are calling it the sixth extinction.

Too many people for the poor of the world. About a billion people today are malnourished. As human numbers rise, more pressure is put on limited supplies.

Too many people for the future of humanity. Even with billions in poverty, we are consuming fifty per cent more than the world can produce from its sustainable resources. That can’t go on for long.

And too many for the health of the seas, the climate, soil and ourselves as persistent pollution and exhaustion affects our surroundings.

Human numbers have risen fourfold in just 100 years, one, long human lifetime, from 1.8 billion to over 7 billion. Now, we’re living longer and, although the birth rate is dropping, the billions of young people will keep the total number of births at a record level for some time. So the prediction is that human numbers will rise by around half again, to around 10 billion by 2050 and to around 11 billion by 2100.

We’re told we should fly less, avoid gas guzzling cars and recycle. Good advice, but the number of children one has would have far more impact on the environment than any of these things.

It used to be said that society needed children to fight wars and exploit resources. Those were not good reasons then, and they are certainly not true now. Today, not having children benefits society and will do so until our numbers are very much lower than they are today.

Population Matters is a membership organization that promotes a sustainable family size and mindful consumption in order to make the world a better place.

Simon Ross is Chief executive at Population Matters. He has a 30-year background in managing for and advising on improved performance for leading public, private and third-sector organisations. He has worked across management consulting, marketing and marketing research and has postgraduate qualifications in both marketing and market research. His involvement in Population Matters arises from his conviction that our population growth contributes to many of today’s biggest problems.

4 Responses to Why being childfree is good for everyone

  1. sony8877 October 10, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

    Europeans are the only ones that actually seem concerned about the direction the environment is going in and are the only ones who is actually willing to reduce its own population in order to reduce its impact in the future.

    But basically every other culture don’t care and a lot are increasing their population at an exponential rate, so you can expect Europeans to disappear into obscurity and more people that don’t care about Europe to take it over and fill it with people and turn it into a place worse for the environment than what it is now.

  2. A. April 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    Have you guys really composed a list of over 30,000 reasons to not have kids?

    • Amy April 24, 2015 at 7:09 am #

      We have not. It’s a joke. 🙂

      • A. April 24, 2015 at 6:54 pm #


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