The New Role Models: Environmental Moms Stop at One Child

July 14, 2008 • News

Thanks to Phil Kreitner for this heartening article

Most weekdays, Oona Baker picks up her daughter, Ramona, from preschool and heads home to the Woodstock neighborhood. The two eat lunch, then decide what’s next. The library? Or baking cookies? With no siblings to factor in, mother and daughter map their own schedule.

“We’re pretty minimal people,” Baker, 34, says. “We have a small house. We have a small car. We can walk lots of places. Our life is just easier with one child.”

Not just easier, but greener.

In a city where people harvest rainwater, and bicycling to work is a badge of green pride, some Portland families say stopping at one child is global activism at its most personal.

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