Climate change: calling planet birth

June 2, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Anne Ehrlich for sending me the following article.

Twelve years ago, the American author Bill ¬McKibben published a short book entitled Maybe One: A Personal And Environmental Argument For Much Smaller Families. It certainly has its faults: most obviously, it provides a little too much information about the vasectomy ¬McKibben decided to have in lieu of a second child. But it isn’t pious or hectoring; if anything, the author tries overly hard to be tentative, emphasising that he isn’t seeking to dictate other people’s choices, and doesn’t think he has all the answers. The “maybe” is right there in the title, after all. McKibben meant it in the sense of “maybe one child at most”, but it reflects the book’s general tone of modesty and equivocation. Maybe One is a suggestion. It’s something to think about.

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