It’s better for the environment to stop at two children

by Tracy Stokes on July 11, 2007

in Activism, EcoKids

John Guillebaud, professor of family planning and reproductive health at University College, London has said that family planning is vital in the battle to protect our environment. National statistics show that 669,531 babies were born in Britain last year, with the UK having the highest teenage pregnancy rate in western Europe. The Optimum Population Trust (OPT), of which Guillebaud is co-chair, is calling for the government to introduce a “stop at two children” guideline.

Guillebaud’s report says:

“Each new UK birth, through the inevitable resource consumption and pollution that UK affluence generates, is responsible for about 160 times as much climate-related environmental damage as a new birth in Ethiopia, or 35 times as much as a new birth in Bangladesh.”

“A voluntary stop-at-two guideline should be adopted for couples in the UK who want to adopt greener lifestyles. It would aim to set an example.”

“UK population has grown by 20% since 1950 – in less than a lifetime. There are more than 60 million people now living in the UK, one of the most densely populated countries in the world, and our numbers are rising faster than ever before.”

“UK population is growing by the equivalent of a city larger than Cardiff every year.”

Prof Guillebaud lays much of the blame for the UK’s high teenage pregnancy rate at the NHS’s door, citing the closure of many family planning clinics by primary care trusts. He went on to point out that if population growth goes unchecked, by 2050 the population will require the biocapacity of two earths. via UK Parents Lounge

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G.M.Williams February 19, 2009 at 3:39 am

Having read through this article, one would assume that this is another policy hot and fresh from the oven of the Common Purpose kitchen.

It smacks of something from Communist China under Chairman Mao! I am totally against this and I and others will fight this facist policy.

Answer me this question please, what right do these NAZIS have to tell others how many children to have? It’s a pity their parents didn’t follow this policy otherwise we’d have a few less of these idiots in the world!

Surely a better policy is to be prepared and have all the infrastructure and resources ready for the expected increase in population, and by that I mean having a sound manufacturing and agricultural base for starters (which the UK Labour party have all but killed!)

This idea needs showing the red rather than green card – FAIL!


S.Lees July 5, 2009 at 9:30 am

i think this is a great campaign! it is optional, and reasonable – being encouraged to have just one child would be an unreasonable policy.

this country, and the world in general is HUGELY overpopulated. There is no way the world’s resources can handle the continuation of human growth. We see the effects of overpopulation of other animals. Our little country cannot support so many people. Have a look at the actual OPT website and see just how vital it is for people to consider this policy, rather than going by one little article.

i have seen first-hand the effects of massive overpopulation in other countries, and Britain is fast-headed the same way! there is a limit to the number of people, animals, anything living, that the world can take, and nature used to keep the world’s balance very well, but now humans have stepped outside the governings of nature. There is nothing to regulate the balance of humans except ourselves.

Sir David Attenborough applauds this campaign, and so do i and all my friends!


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