Another Opinion on Eco-Activists and Children


Pablo Päster tries to answer the tough question that Sami asked earlier: Should eco-activists have kids? Pablo comes down firmly that the answer is both yes and no.

"The population issue requires progressive and enlightened social policy, and the individual decision to have an additional child must be made within a global context. The average replacement rate is roughly 2.1 children per couple, one to replace each parent, and 0.1 to make up for childless couples and infant mortality. So any number of children that is fewer than 2.1 is simply a continuation of your genetic legacy. If your children are instilled with altruism and strong environmental values, their lives might actually represent a decrease in the environmental impact from your own lives. I am certain you are bound to make an enlightened choice about having another child." ::Salon