Save the Earth- Don’t Have Kids

Posted by Mrs Money on August 31st, 2010

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Someone remarked to me the other day that they were semi-surprised at my strong desire to have children. They thought that with my concern about the future of the environment that adding another person to the planet would be a faux pas for me. While I understand that every person creates more strain on the Earth’s resources, I also believe that if we all lived a little lighter and consumed a little less that we’d be in a much better place than not having kids just to save the environment.

Our Place in the Cosmos
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I’ve thought sometimes that it’s almost selfish to want to have kids, but I think the way we raise our children and teach them to respect the Earth and its resources that perhaps our children will use less resources than other Americans. Also, our children may be monumental in influencing others to live lighter and respect the Earth. I do think that creating another human being consumes a ton of resources over their lifetime no matter how lightly they live. On the other hand, what would happen if we all stopped procreating?

We plan on teaching our kids the value of money, respect for the Earth, and how to live a frugal yet satisfying life. Hopefully those values will be instilled in them and stick with them throughout their lives. We also plan on cloth diapering, buying used baby items, and hopefully breastfeeding. All of those will save money, be better for the health of our child, and consume less resources. I think that having a baby will be one of the greatest blessings of my lifetime and I can’t wait to experience it. Even though it will leave more of an impact on the Earth than if we didn’t have a child, I think the rewards greatly outweigh the risk.

Do you think having kids is bad for our planet’s future? Or do you think it’s crazy to even take that into consideration when thinking about having a child?

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32 Responses to “Save the Earth- Don’t Have Kids”


  1. Kevin says:

    I think kids are great for the future. Think about it, the more kids we have the more chance there will be that one of them…or all of them will come up with something that can change the planet….hopefully for the good. Plus, we can spread to them the knowledge to not consume so much. So in my opinion it would be selfish to not have children.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Kevin- I agree. Sometimes you just have to stop worrying about everything and just do it! Life is too short. :)

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  2. brite says:

    I’m with Kevin! I know there are people who have children and don’t teach them responsibly, and they probably are a drain on the earth, but so many great world-changers were the 5th-10th child in their family! We’re teaching our children to be producers- not consumers- and trying to live that out for them to watch. Of course they consume resources, but we value people and souls more than resources- not to a neglect of those resources, but I think you have to keep it all in the proper order. You are so right: having a baby will be one of the greatest blessings (and growing experiences!) you will ever experience!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    brite- I agree. I think they are worth it. However, I hope I am not one of the people who has 5-10 kids!! :)

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  3. Don’t have kids if you know you won’t do a good job of taking care of them or if you can’t afford to raise them.

    Otherwise… each additional human being that is able to contribute to the world is a net addition! While it’s important for our planet to be protected, we are screwed in any case if we cannot advance technology. Who is going to help develop that technology? Yep, our children. :)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Kevin- I completely agree!!

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  4. Becky R says:

    Seriously? If we don’t have children soon there will not be enough people to carry on. God put this earth here for us. Yes, we are to be good stewards of it. We are suppossed to reduse, reuse, & recycle. We are suppossed to care.

    I can’t believe someone would say children are just a drain on resources. Children are a blessing.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Becky R- I agree with everything you said! I think that we are put here to be good stewards of the Earth too. I hope I am blessed sooner than later! ;)

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  5. sue says:

    I think kids ARE the future – and to say that it’s irresponsible to have them suggests that we are here to serve the planet, not care for it and for it to meet our needs.

    Admittedly, my framework is a Biblical one in which the world was created to meet OUR needs (this doesn’t lessen our responsibility to be wise stewards), we weren’t created to meet the earth’s needs. So someone else w/o this framework would necessarily see it differently.

    Here’s the deal: with out without us, the earth is. it will continue to age and eventually cease to exist, like countless other planets in our universe. We cannot change any of this and to think we can suggests that we are completely self-absorbed. We do NOT have that kind of power! So what’s the point in erasing all humans and letting the planet go feral, so to speak? It won’t prolong the earth’s existence….

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    sue- I agree. I think that we need to live lightly so everyone can have opportunities, but I think that it would be sad if everyone stopped having children. Now, if some people didn’t have kids, that wouldn’t be a bad thing. ;)

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    sue Reply:

    How timely your post is – the loon who is holding the Discovery Channel employees hostage published his “demands” – an ultimatum that puts the value of the planet above “filthy humans” and “disgusting human babies.” The situation is tragic, but this is the “save the planet extremism” that’s out there today. :(

    You can read his bizarre and demented demands (including sterilization and infertility-based programming) here: http://is.gd/ePV4u

    I really hope & pray he lets his hostages go w/o incident…

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    sue- WOW. That is CRAZY!! What a nutcase. :(

  6. Kids are only a drain if you raise them to be “Consumers”. If raised as stewards the earth will be better off for their presence. As with us all.

    My one additional comment is please consider cloth diapers. I cringe at all those who profess to be concerned about the condition of the earth while throwing away their water bottles and continuing to use pampers.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Carol- Agreed! I plan on making cloth diapers with my mom out of old flannel sheets and old fabric. That is one thing that makes me sick- when I see disposable diapers being thrown in the garbage. It is disgusting! Plus, so many people don’t empty the diapers when they should. Yuck!

    I’ll have to hit you up for cloth diaper info when the time comes!

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  7. Tracy says:

    The young generation is the future of our planet. The generation that is in college right now is the future because how they choose to live will not only affect how long our planet lasts but it determine how things work for the next 40 to 50 years. As a culture and as the economy.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Tracy- That’s totally true. I hope that people start treating the Earth a little better and that our economy starts improving. :)

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  8. I wouldn’t make my decisions on procreation based on resources – if you will be a good, loving parent, I think you should be one whether or not that uses up some resources. I truly doubt your kid or kids will tip the scale (except for good if they come up with awesome resource tools in the future).

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    BIFS-LOL great points! ;) I like to think we will be good parents.

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  9. Jenny says:

    LOL. I think that is a crazy thing for someone to suggest. Until they are completely off the grid living in a log cabin out in the woods and can honestly say they do every single thing they can to preserve the Earth, they really have no room to talk about people having kids. Children are important, and they were meant to be born, and people were meant to live on Earth. It’s all the little conveniences and luxuries that are causing problems.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jenny- I agree! I think that we all should do our part to live lighter so everyone can live better.

    I am dyinggg to have a baby! ;)

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  10. Kay Lynn says:

    I don’t see how you not having kids is going to save the planet. I do believe in limiting family size to reasonable number (2 or 3).

    My grandparents and parents came from large families because the kids were needed to keep the farm going. It’s a huge cost to provide higher education to kids and prepare them to be on their own.

    What’s the point of life if it isn’t to enjoy it with family.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Kay Lynn- I completely agree. Family is so important to me and that’s my #1 priority.

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  11. Kacie says:

    I think the whole “draining the Earth’s resources/population overload” argument is a bunch of crap.

    People need to be good stewards with our resources, whether there’s a billion or 6 billion of us on the planet.

    Not having kids to ‘save the Earth’ will lead to a word without kids (sad!) and eventually, no more people. What’s the point in that?

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Kacie- I agree! We should be respectful no matter what the circumstances. :)

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  12. JMG says:

    People consume. Kids are people. More kids will consume more, “sustainable living” or not. Fewer people means less being consumed and less harmful byproducts of consumption. There are already far too many people being produced for “a world without kids” to be a reality during your lifetime, and once you’re dead, what does it matter?

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    JMG- I am sure there are enough people having kids that the world will keep going on. :)

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  13. Abigail says:

    I think that it certainly can put a strain on the Earth — but not enough for everyone to stop having babies until all the current kids are taken.

    That said, I told my husband that, on the off chance we want/think we could handle more than one kid, I’d like to adopt to help even things out. I think if more people did it that way (of course doesn’t everyone think his/her idea is best?) we’d find a better balance with overpopulation vs having a kid that’s “yours.” (Note the sarcastic quotation marks.)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Abigail- I think that’s great! I’ve always liked the idea of adoption, and after we are done with biological children, I’d consider it seriously!

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  14. One thing that has impressed me when flying is how much of the country is uninhabited. There is more than plenty of room available it’s just that people tend to stack themselves in the cities. Small towns are practically dying due to lack of popluation. In the area I lived two elementary schools were closed due to lack of attendance. One of the stimulas programs I was very excited about was broad band to remote areas. This allows those who make money from the internet to live wherever they choose. Take a look at any map and notice all the small towns. Most would benefit from new residents. As far as jobs – bring your own.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Carol- I like your plan a lot! I think that if people that could work from home would move to remote areas that would help! I’ve always wanted to work from home so I could live in my little cabin in the woods away from civilization! ;)

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  15. save the environment says:

    Illegal trails and roads carved by immigrants can destroy sensitive
    vegetation and wildlife habitat, and affect erosion patterns. The
    fragile desert soils and plants could take over a century to recover.

    * Vehicles abandoned by illegal immigrants are expensive to remove and
    towing them causes additional damage.

    * Trash and human waste left behind by illegal immigrants affects soil
    and water quality
    Worse, In hosting America’s largest population of illegal immigrants, California bears a huge cost to provide basic human services for this fast growing, low-income segment of its population. A new study from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) examines the costs of education, health care and incarceration of illegal aliens, and concludes that the costs to Californians is $10.5 billion per year.

    Now that’s something to seriously think about. No more freebies for these people. They are more trouble than they are worth. There are Americans who will do the jobs they do. Most are working here illegally using fake or stolen social security numbers obtained by others working in government and other agencies with access to such numbers.

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