The Guardian recently published a piece on the best way to defeat climate change, and it’s a doozy.According to a new study, the best way to fight “the biggest threat to our national security” is by having fewer kids. Of course never mind the fact that birth rates are already falling in the demographic that even cares about climate change.
Failing that, sell your car and give up eating meat.
Here’s more from the aforementioned Guardian piece:
The greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child, according to a new study that identifies the most effective ways people can cut their carbon emissions.The next best actions are selling your car, avoiding long flights, and eating a vegetarian diet. These reduce emissions many times more than common green activities, such as recycling, using low energy light bulbs or drying washing on a line. However, the high impact actions are rarely mentioned in government advice and school textbooks, researchers found.
Carbon emissions must fall to two tonnes of CO2 per person by 2050 to avoid severe global warming, but in the US and Australia emissions are currently 16 tonnes per person and in the UK seven tonnes. “That’s obviously a really big change and we wanted to show that individuals have an opportunity to be a part of that,” said Kimberly Nicholas, at Lund University in Sweden and one of the research team.
The new study, published in Environmental Research Letters, sets out the impact of different actions on a comparable basis. By far the biggest ultimate impact is having one fewer child, which the researchers calculated equated to a reduction of 58 tonnes of CO2 for each year of a parent’s life.The figure was calculated by totting up the emissions of the child and all their descendants, then dividing this total by the parent’s lifespan. Each parent was ascribed 50% of the child’s emissions, 25% of their grandchildren’s emissions and so on.
You can almost guarantee the radical faction on the left will use the whole theory of “overpopulation” as justification for why abortion should remain legal and even encouraged, or government regulation of family size.All of this is done for “climate change,” a theory not proven to be caused by man-made factors.
Contrary to liberal scientists’ claims, those who have objectively studied the subject have stated on numerous occasions that the science isn’t settled, and much of the work done thus far is shoddy.
Yet, here are folks trying to suggest others forego having kids and reorder their lives around an issue that hasn’t been thoroughly studied and evaluated.
Seems a bit foolhardy, but that’s the left’s MO these days.
[Note: This article was written by Steve Parker]