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Does Climate Change Put You Off Having Children?

does climate change put you off having children

does climate change put you off having children

I’m curious, does the threat of climate change put you off having children?

As you may know, I have two children, so obviously the threat of the climate change hasn’t personally put me off having kids, but I’m wondering if it has put you off?

As environmentalists ourselves, my partner and I do worry about what the future holds.  We are keen to teach our kids about good environmental stewardship, such as the need for composting, recycling, reducing our plastic consumption, not using the car when we don’t need to, and other things that help the environment.   We’re also keen to teach them key skills, such as learning to grow your own food.

Where our worry has led us down the teaching route, this worry about the future has led to some people abstaining from having kids all together.  I came across this article from 2016 in Vice (there is some bad language there, in case you are offended), where Harriet Spark says her “reasoning for abstaining from having children is two-fold: She does not want to contribute to pre-existing resource depletion by adding another human to this planet, and she does not want to bring a child into a world she sees as doomed”.

It sounds dramatic, but I’m just being realistic,” said Spark. “The way we live currently simply cannot sustain more people“.

I also came across this one from NPR (no bad language in there!) that asks if environmentalists should have kids, and provocatively says “maybe we should protect our kids by not having them“.  The article also references an American non-profit called Conceivable Future, which is founded on the notion that “the climate crisis is a reproductive crisis“.

Some other people say one of the answers to climate change is to have fewer children.   The article from Slate proposes  to “cut the birth rate to one child per couple, for a few generations at least. The population would dwindle by about 5 billion people over the next century, he says, ensuring the habitability of the Earth for the 1.6 billion who remained“.

There’s obviously lots to think about here for a Thursday afternoon, and I’d love to hear your thoughts.  And if you are child free, or have decided on one kid only, is climate change your main reason?

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Children, Families

Eco Friendly School Supplies

back to school supplies

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Let’s talk about eco friendly school supplies.  You see, here in Scotland we’re winding down the summer holidays and gearing up for back to school season.

I know it’s cliche, but I seriously cannot believe my eldest starts school in just a few short weeks.  She is very excited but I can’t help but feel a bit apprehensive.  And, if I’m being perfectly honest, feeling a tiny bit of relief – trying to keep a pre-schooler entertained all day every day for 6 weeks whilst looking after a 6 month old has been no mean feat!

If your child is starting school soon too, or going back to school after the long long holidays, then I’ve put together some eco friendly school supplies for you.  Some of them I kind of want for myself…!

Eco Friendly School Supplies

eco friendly school supplies

School Dress (£16.95) from Eco Outfitters.  Eco Outfitters stock a wide range of 100% organic cotton school uniform, for both girls and boys, in up to age 11.

Rucksack (£29.50) from Mibo Kids.  There are heaps of different designs of this 100% organic cotton, GOTS certified bag – it’ll be hard for you or your kids to pick a favourite!

Recycled Pencils (£3.20) for 10.  Also available, recycled erasers (£2.35)

Pencil Case (£11.50) again from Mibo Kids, in 100% organic cotton, and again, available in different designs.

And for the all important lunch time:

Stainless Steel Water Bottle (£14) in a kid friendly 330 ml size.

Organic Cotton Lunch Bag (£16) – boys designs also available.

Bamboo Lunch Cutlery (£6) – handy for stashing at the bottom of a lunch bag or lunch box.

Stainless Steel Lunch Box (£14) – I have seen stainless steel lunch boxes on American and Australian sites, but have really struggled in the past to find a UK supplier of one that doesn’t have a plastic lid.  The search is over: I’ve just discovered the Green Tulip store on Not On The High Street.  You’re welcome.

Now, something I’ve really struggled to find are ethical kids shoes.  There are very few suppliers of ethical kids shoes (that I’m aware of) and the two suppliers that I did find were eye-wateringly expensive.  I’m also loathe to recommend buying kids shoes online.  Kids shoes are trickier to buy because ill fitting shoes could damage children’s growing feet.  I’d recommend visiting a local retailer and getting your kids feet measured and professionally fitted.

Enjoy the rest of the school holidays!  Our plan for the last few weeks we have left is to get in as much bike riding practice (without stabilisers) as possible!