Jonathon Porritt, chairman of the British government’s Sustainable Development Commission, says having more than two children is irresponsible and contributes to global warming and other vicious assaults on our loving, nurturing and much-abused Mother Earth:
I think we will work our way towards a position that says that having more than two children is irresponsible. It is the ghost at the table. We have all these big issues that everybody is looking at and then you don’t really hear anyone say the “p” word.
According to the Times Online article, Mr. Porritt says that
curbing population growth through contraception and abortion must be at the heart of policies to fight global warming
This is pretty shocking. Usually leftists are careful to say they want more birth control but we need to keep abortion both legal and rare. Apparently Mr. Porritt forgot to read the fine print on the talking points. Or maybe now that we’ve all gotten so comfortable with abortion, leftists can dispense with all that “rare” rot and speak their minds on the subject.
Mr. Porritt, coincidentally perhaps, has two children himself. I can’t help but wonder whether he might not have decided one child was the maximum a good environmentalist should in good conscience have, if he himself had decided to stop after one.
I’ve written about this kids-are-bad-for-the-environment nonsense before, so I won’t belabor the point here. Besides, I’m too busy taking care of my planet-destroying children — the two to which I was entitled, and the two I had the bad taste not to abort.