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Hey!   How’s it going?  We have had some early starts and late nights this week, so are all feeling the need for a nice quiet weekend to relax and recharge our batteries.  I am not particularly crafty but I have some macrame to finish and some air drying clay to play with, and that’s as busy as it’s going to get!  Last of the great rock and rollers over here!

This weekend’s links:

1.  How do high street brands talk about sustainability?  This was an interesting read from the Good Shopping Guide – “As high street brands increasingly get better at the ethical stuff they are faced with the dilemma remains of how best to talk about it… Whistles and Fat Face are right up there in the 80 percentiles, and even H&M and New Look sit side-by-side with the adventurer lover’s favourite Patagonia. But are these brands shouting about it? Not really“.

2.  I am intrigued to try banana skin curry.

3.  This map shows all of London’s rivers, minus the city, and it’s truly fascinating.

4.  Looking to have a green Hallow e’en?  This guide has you covered.

5.  Pret a Manger is to sell reusable bottles of water, and install refill stations, alongside bottles of water, in order to understand if customers will choose to refill a bottle rather than buying a a new plastic bottle.

6.  Related: four solutions to the disposable coffee cup problem.

7.  Rather intrigued by wooden nails.  Also, don’t they look pretty?

8.  More bad news for the bees this week.

9. Frustrations with vegan fashion.  The case for vegan fashion isn’t so clear cut.

10.  Will you be wearing kelp any time soon?

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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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