There are many ways to help curb our impact on the environment, reduce the carbon foot print, and go green for the preservation of Earth’s future, but some ideas are more radical than others.
Statisticians at the University of Oregon have been studying the long term effects a child has on our environment and have come to the conclusion that the fewer children a family has, the less their carbon footprint will be year to come. Reportedly the green house gas emissions of a child over a long period of time shadow other serious eco friendly practices, like using biodegradable materials, operating fuel efficient vehicles, and even utilizing energy efficient system for your home.
“In discussions about climate change, we tend to focus on the carbon emissions of an individual over his or her lifetime,” said study team member Paul Murtaugh. “Those are important issues and it’s essential that they should be considered. But an added challenge facing us is continuing population growth and increasing global consumption of resources.”
It is true that having more children does result in the addition of things that do impact the environment more. For instance a family may upgrade to a larger vehicle to accompany their growing a family, but that vehicle may not get great gas mileage. Also with the addition of more children comes more consumption of water sources, food from local agriculture, and the waste per child increases greatly.
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