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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.  Clearly, the threat of climate change hasn’t personally put me off having kids.  However, I’m wondering if it has put you off?  I’d love to get a discussion on this going.

Our Approach

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.  From the need for composting and recycling.  To 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.

Does Climate Change Put You Off Having Kids?

Our climate change worries have led us down the teaching and resilience route.  However, this worry about the future has led to some people abstaining from having kids altogether.  I came across this article from 2016 in Vice (there is some bad language there, in case you are offended).  Here 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 article 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?

Babies, Children, Families, Life & Style, Special Occasions

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas For Kids This Christmas

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big picture press maps

This ethical gift ideas for kids post contains affiliate links

For my last installment of my ethical Christmas gift guides, I’ve put together some ethical gift ideas for kids.  Now, the thing that I’m realising as a parent is that from a very young age kids have very firm ideas of what they would like for Christmas.  Last year my then two-year-old really really wanted a red scooter (specifically red) and a purple doctors kit (specifically purple). This year she really really wants a pink bike with a bike seat on the back from her doll and a basket on the front.

So, rather than suggest those kind of big gifts (because I’m sure you’ve got that covered) I’m here to suggest little gift ideas, costing no more than £26.  Whether you’re a parent looking for a little eco-friendly stocking filler, or a grandparent, relative, or friend looking to buy a small ethical gift for a child, this guide should help you out!  As always I’ve tried to source items straight from the maker, or from independent shops:

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

ethical kids gift ideas

From clockwise:

1)  Wooden Rabbit Stacking Toy (£10). I came across the Sarah & Bendrix online shop quite recently and was immediately struck by the fantastic selection of beautiful toys.  I will definitely be back for a visit next Christmas when our second little pudding will be celebrating his/her first Christmas. I’m making a mental note to purchase this stunning stacking toy.  It looks like a real hand-me-down piece, yet only £10.

2)  Sequin Crown (£15). Perfect for little boys and girls to play King and Queen dress up.

3)  Puppy Egg Cup (£4). Again, the Little Maldod online shop was a recent Instagram find for me. As such, I have a feeling my bank balance is going to suffer when the new little one comes along (in five weeks, eek!) as I stock up on incredibly gorgeous kids’ gear.  This egg cup is such a cute way to encourage kids to eat their breakfast!

4)  Bunny Rattle (£5.99). Again from Little Maldod. Do you see what I mean? Their pieces are all so beautiful and so reasonably priced!

5)  Monty The Fox (£26). Sara Carr’s knitted soft toys are just stunning.  My daughter has a Sara Carr animal that I bought her when she was born, and it’s been a favourite of hers ever since!

For Bigger Kids

ethical kids christmas gift guide

6)  Unicorn T-Shirt (£12). For older kids, this unicorn t-shirt from Lost Shapes is sure to be a firm favourite!

7)  Bird Bingo (£14.17). What a fun way to learn about different species of birds!

8)  Lego Figure Crayons (£3.50 for 6). For any Lego fanatics out there this would make a great stocking filler!

9)  Maps (£14.54). We have this book, it’s beautiful to look at and fun to read.

10)  Animalium (£13.21) and Animalium Activity Book (£6.04). This is such a fun and stimulating way to find out more about the natural world around us.  I secretly want this for me!!

That’s the last of my ethical Christmas gift ideas posts. I hope you’ve found them useful and perhaps discovered some new makers or new independent shops.  I always enjoy putting these guides together for you – I do love a bit of window shopping!!