via NPR’s All Things Considered:


Standing before several dozen students in a college classroom, Travis Rieder tries to convince them not to have children. Or at least not too many.


He’s at James Madison University in southwest Virginia to talk about a “small-family ethic” — to question the assumptions of a society that sees having children as good, throws parties for expecting parents, and in which parents then pressure their kids to “give them grandchildren.”


Why question such assumptions? The prospect of climate catastrophe.


For years, people have lamented how bad things might get “for our grandchildren,” but Rieder tells the students that future isn’t so far off anymore.  … Read More




Climate change has been a key issue over the past few years. Less driving and natural, renewable energy sources are being pitched as possible solutions. One researcher suggests that having fewer children may be an answer toward curbing climate change.


KCSB’s Nikki Hutcheson spoke with Travis Rieder, research scholar at John Hopkins University. Rider explains how climate change will impact future generations and why he thinks having fewer children might a solution.



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One Response to “Should We Have Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?”

  1. Pat Pattison says:

    Overpopulation-This has always seemed to me the primary ecological issue. Too many people to be sustainable. Yet it is seldom if ever addressed when “solutions” are brought up.We seem fixated on technology or abstinence solutions when really those are short term fixes if this primary problem is not educated into a long term solution. And education is the key.

    The controversial nature of it is of course the reason it is avoided and us admitting developed countries had their time making this a problem and SHOULD help less developed countries not make the same mistakes we did. Economic growth can still be a goal but smaller populations and less nationalism should be a given in the exploration of solutions. A “kid’s tax” might be a necessary good start for developed countires to set a model for the next 50 years where population decline should be celebrated.

    Aldous Huxley had some great thoughts on this back in the early 60’s that informed my thinking here and I have 2 kids and have tried to instill in them the same idea of “taking less” and leaving the campsite nicer than we found it.

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