Seven BillionLet's own up to the bad news first:
In a world of 7.1 billion people, having kids is the single most carbon-intensive decision we make in our lives - more so in America than anywhere else. According to government statistics, each new kid born in the U.S. has a climate impact throughout his lifetime that's 60 times bigger than the average Kenyan's, 12 times bigger than the average Indian's, and twice as big as the average Brit's. That's because American families on average consume more, drive more, fly more, and have bigger houses and vehicles than families in other parts of the world.
Sit with this information for a bit, and you may begin to experience "breeder guilt."
My "population bomb" Halloween costume Oct. 2011, a few weeks before my son was born; global pop. had just hit 7 billion. Photo by Heidi Ross, belly art by June Kern.
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