By now, you’ve seen the viral video of a polar bear starving on Canada’s Baffin Island, a symbol of the impacts of the climate change. The underlying driver of anthropogenic climate change is poor family planning. That’s why, as numerous studies have shown, the best way for the average person to mitigate climate change is by choosing smaller families.
So it’s pretty simple. If we are not brave enough to deal with unsustainable family planning models that have driven climate change, we are not doing what is required to in the long run to protect animals like the bear on Baffin Island. Poor family planning is the underlying problem and the root cause.
As much as we would like to think otherwise, and as much as they would protest to the contrary, celebrities and other public figures serve as role models. This impacts everything from product purchases to lifestyle choices, including family planning. Very large swaths of the populace are extremely invested in the lives and choices of their favorite celebrities.
Having Kids saw this in the strong and often furious reaction to our Open Letter to the Royals. We were told to mind our own business, that more royal rich white people were a good thing, and that we worry about other populations.
But public figures create space for conversations. They make the abstract real and relevant, and we want the voices of people like you that that care about the planet, the future, to be heard. The future belongs to all of us.
When former celebrities Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott went chasing publicity by having another child, even Tori’s mom said enough was enough. We wondered what the public thought. Here are the results of our poll:
“Given that the world population is set to grow by another 2½ billion people by 2050, and that larger families are biggest drivers of climate change, should Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling continue to have children?”
No: 96% Yes: 4%
“If they should not, would there be any public or government interventions, like tax disincentives, that should be used to discourage them?”
Yes: 88% No: 12%
“Does your right, and the right of future generations, to have a healthy natural environment and biodiversity outweigh current individuals’ right to have as many kids as they want?”
Yes: 90% No: 10%
These results support common sense and are the basis for the Having Kids Model. Kids are not props, and should not be brought into existence unless their right to a fair start in life will be met.
If you agree it is important to stand up for children and want more child-first advocacy, please be a part of Having Kids.