It sometimes gets lost in discussions of population that some of us have a lot more (and a lot more of an environmental impact) than others.
It's not often that natalism makes the news -- and with guns and hostages, no less! But population is in the headlines today thanks to James J. Lee, the eco-wacko hostage-taker.
Does it really make a difference to global sustainability if Americans have fewer kids? Damn straight, says William Ryerson of Population Institute.
"The media fetishizes celebrity motherhood to the extent that it's practically become pornography," writes Kiri Blakeley in Forbes. This paints an outlandishly unrealistic portrait of motherhood, and adds to the pressure on all women to have kids.
Elizabeth Gilbert -- author of the bestselling "Eat, Pray, Love," now a big-budget Julia Roberts movie -- makes a strong case for going childfree.
Environmental journalist Fred Pearce has pissed off many by arguing that we don?t need to worry about population. Watch him chat with Jon Stewart.
Pundits have seized on the fact that new Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan has no kids. Even "feminists"Â say she comes up short for being childfree.
Activist Stephanie Mills answers this question: "What advice do you give people who feel conflict about having children and living sustainably?"
An irreverent little video about population pressures -- "The Stork" by Nina Paley. Watch it here.