How to Save the Planet? Stop Having Children

November 3, 2014 • Daily Email Recap

How to Save the Planet? Stop Having Children

Doctors should be encouraging people to have smaller families for the sake of the environment, says GP
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“I was sterilised after the birth of my second son because I believed I had no right to have more than two children – it would have been more than my reproductive share,” says Pippa Hayes, 56. “Humans are tipping the balance with the natural world, to the detriment of both humanity and the other species that share our lovely, finite planet.”

As a GP, Hayes feels strongly that medical professionals should encourage people to have smaller families. “Doctors should be promoting replacement number of children; two per couple, one per single parent,” she says. “We don’t need to do this by coercion, we just need to talk about it.”

Hayes is not alone in believing that bringing children into the world is an act of such environmental destructiveness that it requires mitigating. Three years ago, Sansha Harris, 42, discussed sterilisation with her doctor, knowing she never wanted children. Harris was talked out of the operation but her attitude is unchanged. “I’ve thought since I was a teenager that the world would be a better place with fewer people,” she says.

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