Environment

Having Kids Probably Won't Destroy the Planet

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Sheril Kirshenbaum

Is curbing population growth the answer to the world’s growing environmental challenges? It seems intuitively true: a growing population leads to higher demand for scarce resources such as food, water, and energy; and greater use of all of these impacts the environment.

However, Sheril Kirshenbaum, an energy researcher and policy advisor at the University of Texas, argues that the key to our environmental woes is not having fewer children, but rather choosing to use our resources more conservatively. Ironically, having children may be exactly what secures a more environmentally conscientious future. After all, who has a greater interest in the future health of the planet than parents?

Is there a growing sense in your circles that “overpopulation” is the greatest environmental challenge we face?

How does the biblical message challenge us to maintain a high view of having children, and also to live self-sacrificially when it comes to using scarce resources?

Source: The Atlantic

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