I read an article about climate change and the choices we make. It took an interesting approach, one I hadn’t seen before, looking at (amongst other things) the impact on the environment of food per calorie (beans are best, apparently), before going on to talk about other choices we can all make to help the planet. It was a large article, taking up half a page in our local newspaper. We’ve since thrown out the paper, and I can’t find it online, so I’m going to have to paraphrase the last paragraph:
“But you can eat all the beans you want, cycle to work or drive a Prius, never fly, recycle everything, and eat organically, but none of it will even come close to the environmental impact on the planet of one single act – that of having a child.”
Next time someone calls you selfish for not having children, or implies that only those with children are contributing to society, remember that. We’re saving the planet.