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A green guide to getting along for parents and the childfree

Lisa's posts about being a GINK (green inclinations, no kids) have provoked some feisty discussion, and that's great -- getting people to talk openly about the childfree option was one of her main goals. But when it gets to the point where parents and GINKs are hurling insults at each other and declaring that folks on the other side of the aisle can't be real environmentalists, then we've got a circular-firing-squad problem. We enviros are all on the same team, remember -- pushing for a cleaner, greener, saner, kinder world. We should be fighting apathy and pollutocrats, not each other. …

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NPR's Scott Simon on adoption and environmentalism

Scott Simon"I wish that people who want to become parents would consider adoption as a great way to have a family from the start, and not just a last resort," writes Scott Simon in his new book Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption. Simon, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, is father to two young girls adopted from China.  I thought the eco-conscious crowd would be a perfect audience for Simon's book, so I got myself a copy and arranged to interview him. I was surprised, then, when I sat down to read the book …

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Tyra Banks quizzes childfree couple [VIDEO]

This is the latest in a series of Saturday GINK videos about population and reproduction (or a lack thereof). Watch Tracy and Jared tell a slightly aghast Tyra Banks about their decision not to have kids: Both halves of the couple talk about how for years they couldn't find doctors who would sterilize them -- a common problem for the childfree. Their families aren't particularly supportive of their choice either. Tyra comes across as dubious, but she doesn't have kids herself, so maybe she'll ultimately join the ranks of the childfree by choice? Have a video on population or GINK …

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Self-reliance, population, and bringing children into a troubled world [VIDEO]

This is the latest in a series of Saturday GINK videos about population and reproduction (or a lack thereof). Chris Martenson is a scientist-turned-corporate-executive-turned-evangelizer-for-self-reliance-and-resilience. He's put together "The Crash Course," a series of videos explaining how trends in economics, energy, and the environment are playing out in such a way that "the next 20 years are going to be completely unlike the last 20 years." Here's his explanation of the concept of exponential growth, using world population as a key example: This video is part 3 of his 20-part series warning that the Big Crash is coming, à la James …

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Soap operas spread word on reproductive health and population [VIDEO]

This is the latest in a series of Saturday GINK videos about population and reproduction (or a lack thereof). The Brazilian telenovela Paginas da Vida (Pages of Life), which aired from 2006 to 2007, spread progressive messages about reproductive health and other social issues to a mass audience. In this scene, two mothers come to grips with the fact that their teenagers are sexually active. As the more accepting of the moms points out, at least the teens care for each other and are using contraception. This follows a scene in which that same mom freaks out after finding condoms …

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Christine O'Donnell sees no need to prevent pregnancy, use condoms, or care about population [VIDEO]

This is the latest in a series of Saturday GINK videos about population and reproduction (or a lack thereof). The Tea Party darling of the week, Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, has gotten a lot of publicity for her anti-masturbation views -- as I mentioned in my post about her anti–climate action views.  Now we learn about her loony opinions on population, contraception, and sex ed. Some choice quotes from her past: In 2007, on Fox News, she argued against sex education for young kids, even when it's designed to be age-appropriate, claiming that it might make kids think …

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Our planet’s population in miniature [VIDEO]

This is the latest in a series of Saturday GINK videos about population and reproduction (or a lack thereof). 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. This video from The Miniature Earth Project puts the situation into perspective: Have a video on population or GINK thinking to recommend? Post a link in comments below.

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Is the U.S. the most overpopulated country on the planet? [VIDEO]

This is the latest in a series of Saturday GINK videos about population and reproduction (or a lack thereof). Does it really make a difference to global sustainability if Americans have fewer children?  Damn straight, says William Ryerson, founder and president of the Population Media Center and president of the Population Institute. Ryerson has a new article that provides a good overview of global population issues -- "Population: The Multiplier of Everything Else" [PDF], which will appear in the forthcoming Post Carbon Reader.  Here's the beginning of the piece: When it comes to controversial issues, population is in a class …

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The myth of the glamorous mom and hidden truth about nannies

"The media fetishizes celebrity motherhood to the extent that it's practically become pornography," writes Kiri Blakeley in Forbes.  Trashy celeb mags have whole website sections dedicated to famous moms and babies, as I noted in a live chat yesterday. All this paints an outlandishly unrealistic portrait of motherhood, and adds to the pressure on all women to have kids.  "Who could blame regular women for beating themselves up for not living up to this ideal?" asks Blakeley.  "After all, it looks so easy!" But, as Blakeley explains, it looks easy because celebs have a secret weapon that only money can …

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The green message in 'Eat, Pray, Love'

Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert"Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face.  You really need to be certain it's what you want before you commit."  So says our protagonist's best friend, a new mom, in an opening scene of the new movie Eat Pray Love. She goes on to confess that for years she kept a box of baby clothes under her bed, just waiting for her chance to become a mother.  Elizabeth Gilbert (as played by Julia Roberts) responds that she has a box just like that -- but it's stuffed with old issues of National …

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