(Closed) Anyone child-free or limited children for environmental reasons?

posted 5 years ago in No Kids
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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catki:  the thought has definitely crossed our minds. There are already too many people on the planet so of course we’ve thought about how we’d just be adding to the issue. However, your only options are to not have a child or adopt. For most people, the option of not having a child isn’t possible because that’s what they truly want. Adoption isn’t an option for a lot of people because of the cost. Ultimately, we’ve decided that we will try for a child. I’m perfectly happy with only having one but would be willing to have two. Definitely no more than that though.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

SO and I have decided to have only one child less for environmental reasons, but as you said they are expensive and neither of us has an interest in giving up a good chunk of our money, freedom and time for more than one. We think that one will be difficult and life-changing enough as it is.

If you don’t mind me asking, though, how do you grade something as being an environmentally healthy product? I more often then not look for products that are healthier for me, but I think a lot of the bad products tend to be less environmentally conscious. Though I’ve heard things about almond milk production has a greater detriment to the environment than soy, but almond is better for you… which is just something I’ve heard, not anything I’ve done a lot of research on.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I decided not to have children when I was very young (4 years old), but I did discover the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement in my mid-teens, and found them interesting and amusing.  However, I can’t say that environmental advocacy, activism, or consciousness really plays a very large part (if any part at all) in my/our reasons for not having children.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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catki:  while I do agree with you, I think in the end having children/not having children has to be an emotional decision. Either you want children, in which case you will love them and raise them to be decent environmentally conscious people, or you don’t want children, in which case don’t have them 🙂 I’m environmentaly conscious but I really wanted children… so much that it outweighed anything else..

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
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catki:  Ironically, the type of people who are environmentally conscious enough and responsible enough to really think about the decision to have children are just the type of people who should be having children. 

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catki:  I never thought of it as “environmental” for some reason, but yes, I guess so. ONE reason I chose not to have kids is there are already way too many people on this earth! 7+ billion! That’s plenty. More than plenty.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We’ve decided that after 2 (if we even have two, we might stop at one) we will adopt. The environment isn’t the only factor going into the decision but it is a consideration. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

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catki:  That makes sense. I guess it depends how much work goes into making a box of almond milk vs. coconut milk. You can probably harvest a few coconuts for the same amount of milk as a large number of almonds, but then you have to factor in time it takes for the tree to produce, growing season, water, man hours to break the almonds down… lots to think about.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Yes we are too populated, that is ONE of many reasons we chose not to have children. 

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