On being childfree

Please read my answer to a man who considers being childfree.

The graph shows Earth Overshoot Day, 1st August in 2018.

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About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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4 Responses to On being childfree

  1. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Permaculture is like solar electricity, electric cars, recycling, etc. All necessary band aids, but don’t fix the problem. We need to reduce ++, not just supply in a different way.
    This is why my wife and I decided on voluntary poverty in 1978. Every dollar you earn, every dollar you spend, is stolen from the future. Well, we are now that future.

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  2. patricknelson750 says:

    Hi Bob have you any new years resolutions planned?

    There is another factor to this question of course, which is what sort of person the questioner is because if someone is a hunter gatherer in the rain-forest then their children are not likely to have a negative environmental impact. Likewise if someone is fully engaged in permaculture and lives a sustainable lifestyle and just so long as they are going to bring their children up to do so as well, then they will most likely become net carbon deductors.

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thanks for visiting, Patrick.
      I don’t bother with new year resolutions, but do my best to live in this moment. The past is history, the future a mystery. I give you a present.
      As I said in my answer, environmental impact is number of people by their footprint. A hunter-gatherer is a part of nature, and is in fact an agent for survival of the local ecosystem. And children are a necessary part of that continuity.
      But then, I doubt a hunter-gatherer has access to the internet.
      I am less sure about permaculture. It’s a good thing, but still part of the industrial society that’s destroying everything.
      🙂

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      • patricknelson750 says:

        I think permaculture with local trade systems has the potential to let people escape the consumerist industrial shipped goods system, but as with earthships the thing that holds everything back are a plethora of rules and regulations from an outdated paradigm.

        I couldn’t agree more about new years resolutions : )

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