That’s how Warren Dunn signs himself in a “My View” piece in the Santa Fe New Mexican entitled “Fewer children will leave fewer carbon footprints.” Worried about deforestation, global warming and “the possible demise of our species,” Dunn calls for free vasectomies and tubal ligations, and replacing tax deductions for having children with rewards for married couples who remain childless.
Mr. Dunn is not alone in his antipathy to breeding. A search of “childfree” at Amazon.com turns up quite a few books celebrating life without progeny, and a web search turns up a number of websites like Childfree by Choice.com and Baby Not on Board: A Celebration of Life Without Kids. The latter contains a link to a site called “Unruly, Ill-Mannered Yard Apes” that provides its readers with a “delightful assemblage of baby synonyms (for example, sperm vermin).” Alas, the link takes one to a web design page that has nothing to do with nasty epithets for children.
With birth rates well below replacement levels, European countries have long had to rely on immigrants to attain an adequate work force, and the social problems arising from this in France especially are well known. I wonder if Mr. Dunn and other advocates of population reduction have given any thought to who is going to be working and paying into Social Security when the all the childless environmentalists are sitting in their childfree and grandchildfree homes collecting their checks.