Why we should all stop having babies

Oh dear. Either we need to stop having children, or we have to stop consuming so much, says a report today by the Royal Society. Otherwise it’s going to feel like Christmas Eve in Sainsbury’s the whole year round. There are 7 billion of us in the world at the moment, all of us busily pillaging the world’s resources. By 2050, the figure will be over 9 million. Apparently, the earth can cope with that sort of number if we cut down on 4x4s, patio heaters and mangetout from Kenya. But none of us seems to want to. Personally, I am more than happy to go back to the days of saving electricity and hoarding small bits of string. But I am doubtful of gaining Fitton’s wholehearted support.
If anyone is minded to set up an entirely local ‘Save the World’ group, please do email me. I am usually available at very short notice to give advice on committee structure and agendas.

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