Take Action

What’s the most effective way to help kids, protect animals and the environment, and promote human rights and democracy, all at the same time? Take action below. Be effective. Start at the source.  

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Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect

CONTACT YOUR GOVERNORS: It’s time to prevent, rather than simply react, to child abuse. It’s time for Fair Start legislation in every state.  And read about every child’s right to a Fair Start in life here. Read more about parental readiness, including options for parental licensing and sustainable market schemes. 

CONGRESS: Amend CAPTA to include Fair Start legislation

UNICEF and UNFPA: Be more proactive than reactive.  

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: Prioritize approval and marketing of the male pill.  And read our recent survey showing broad support for the male pill, and policies to promote its use. Effective long-acting male contraception, and a default policy that all teens should be using birth control, would have an incomparable impact on sustainable development. Kids should never have kids.

Support Fair Start initiatives in your state. Great efforts have already started in Colorado and Louisiana

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Confront Climate and Animal Impact

U.N. : Recommend smaller families

DIRECT ACTION AND RETRIBUTIVE CLIMATE JUSTICE: Stand up for your fundamental human right to nature and target the people hurting our kids 

ANIMAL & ENVIRO ORGS: Ask them to speak out for smaller families Ask any groups you support, including child welfare and human rights organizations, to engage with these four crucial questions. Everything interrelates at family planning. 

THE COURTS: Urge nonprofits you support to submit amicus briefs in our constitutional challenge 

FIGHT FOR REAL ANIMAL RIGHTS:  Animal advocacy and veganism begin with better family planning policies that leave room for nonhumans, and that build empathy in children. Make sure governments, corporations, and wealthy families are embracing and funding Fair Start family planning. 

For more info on the debate about real animal rights, see our reporting on Vox.com, and how they can improve their work for animals. 

CORPORATE CAMPAIGNS: Urge Unilever to include sustainable families in the #BrightFuture campaign.  Together we can lean on companies to ditch socially and ecologically unsustainable family planning and promote Fair Start. Companies like Huggable have stepped forward, and others will too. Here’s our letter to Google on the need to support family planning reform. 

JUSTICE BETWEEN FAMILIES: Why are smaller and child-free families subsidizing larger and less sustainable families? Learn more and take action.

DIVEST FROM POOR FAMILY PLANNING: Want to help Fair Start Movement identify and engage with major investors who should be investing in companies like Huggable that promote sustainable family planning, instead of those threatening our future? Contact us at Info@HavingKids.org. Our campaign to urge Google to embrace Fair Start in emblematic of the work you could do. 


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Help Enlist Organizations and Media

Do you support another nonprofit?

Ask them to sign onto our letter to the U.N.

Including better family planning modeling into their programming could also make them much more effective. Start a conversation with them around a few basic questions:

Do they address family planning in their programming, and why or why not? Have they accounted for how population changes impact their mission, and communicated that to supporters? Have they told young supporters the truth about the impacts of poor family planning? If they do address family planning, do they promote a fair start in life for every child? Do they promote the restoration of the natural world, through smaller families? Contact us at info@havingkids.org for tailored advice on how to help your nonprofit of choice be more effective, and how we can all accelerate efforts to protect the future.

Should media be more comprehensive in their reporting? Journalists and media outlets have a fundamental obligation to report on stories that impact people, and report those stories in a comprehensive way. Nothing has a greater impact on lives than family planning. Learn more about ways to urge journalists to cover what matters. 

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Featured Families

Read about our featured families. One of the best ways to promote better family planning is through role modeling. For example, one mom is speaking out about her choice to have one child. Read about our campaigns to urge the Royal family to role model better family planning. You can speak out, like the Brenn and the Bhotiwihok families.

Email us with your own story: info@havingkids.org

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Speak Truth to Power

Policies that do not include family planning reform are inherently misleading regarding their efficacy, inclusivity, and relation to human rights requirements, and can misdirect funders, policymakers, and the public from making the right decisions. For example, have proponents of particular policies disclosed the impact of population volatility on long-term outcomes? Confront policy claims and ask how they account for levels of child welfare and equity at birth, and the impacts of population growth on our natural and social environments. Target those individuals and institutions – whether they are officials, funders, celebs, or academics, regarding misleading audiences regarding the most important problems and solutions of our time. People in positions of power created the problems we face today – do not defer to them. 

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