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Live chat with Lisa Hymas on population and the choice to be childfree

Editor’s note: The chat’s now over, but you can replay it in full. Read the intelligent and thoughtful insights from Grist Senior Editor Lisa Hymas and Grist readers from their discussion of population, reproductive rights, and deciding whether or not to pursue parenthood on a crowded planet. Lisa's GINK Manifesto, which gave a name to the "Green Inclinations, No Kids" lifestyle, has generated lots of compelling and colorful discussion on the population debate and how it fits in with the climate conversation. She's been tackling different angles, from political barriers to the barrier method, ever since. See who chimed in …

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Population contrarian Fred Pearce on 'The Daily Show' [VIDEO]

This is the latest in a series of Saturday GINK videos about population and reproduction (or a lack thereof). British environmental journalist Fred Pearce pissed off many Grist readers with a recent opinion piece arguing that we don’t need to worry about population growth.  I was surprised by the tone of the piece -- pugnacious, polemical, overly simplistic -- and by Pearce’s swipes at straw men (is there actually a single environmentalist anywhere who “blame[s] the world's overbreeding poor people for the planet's peril”?). (I was even more surprised by an earlier version of the piece that vitriolically scapegoated actor …

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Elena Kagan's childfree status: The mean take and the green take

Elena Kagan -- a great role model for young women, and a GINK too. Read up on her environmental record.Pundits have seized on the fact that our newest Supreme Court justice, Elena Kagan, has no kids. As David Leonhardt notes in a recent New York Times article, "The last three men nominated to the Supreme Court have all been married and, among them, have seven children. The last three women -- Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Harriet Miers (who withdrew) -- have all been single and without children." Leonhardt goes on to discuss how women who take time off from …

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Stephanie Mills on choosing whether or not to have children [VIDEO]

This is the latest in a series of Saturday GINK videos about population and reproduction (or a lack therof). My GINK manifesto on being green and childfree kicked off with a quote from Stephanie Mills, who in 1969 publicly declared her intention not to have kids for environmental reasons. She stuck to it. Four decades later, she answers this question: "What advice do you give people who feel conflict about having children and living sustainably?" Have a video on population or GINK thinking to recommend? Post a link in comments below. ----- Read more about population and the childfree option: …

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The arrival of the stork isn't always a happy occasion [VIDEO]

This is the latest in a series of Saturday GINK videos about population and reproduction (or a lack therof). Nina Paley has created a number of irreverent cartoons and animations in the spirit of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement.  Here, “The Stork”:  Have a video on population or GINK thinking to recommend? Post a link in comments below. ----- Read more about population and the childfree option: The GINK manifesto: Say it loud: I'm childfree and I'm proud Childfree messages in Sex and the City 2 and Eat, Pray, Love Pundits criticize Elena Kagan for being childfree How green are …

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What would the world look like without people? [VIDEO]

This is the latest in a series of Saturday GINK videos about population and reproduction (or a lack thereof). In honor of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, which we recently profiled, here are two videos showing what would happen if we humans suddenly up and disappeared. This first one, unfortunately, is narrated by an animated British body builder, but try to get past that:   This second video shows how your house would break down if completely abandoned.  (Beware, homeowners: This could make you severely anxious about mold and termites.) Both were inspired by Alan Weisman's 2007 book The World …

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Want to join the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement?

Art: Nina PaleyLes U. Knight (get it?) is the face and the force behind the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT, pronounced vehement).  Motto: "May we live long and die out." It might sound like a strident or mean-spirited campaign, but Knight is certainly not a strident or mean-spirited guy.  He's hit on a creative way to talk about the population problem and the damage humans do to ecosystems everywhere, without calling for reproductive coercion (note the prominence of the word voluntary). The gist: If we all just decided to stop procreating, humans would gradually and peacefully clear out and make …

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Population trends as you’ve never seen them before [VIDEO]

As part of my GINK and population coverage, I'll be bringing you a video each Saturday with a different take on these issues. Check out the previous installment, and stay tuned for more. Hans Rosling uses "colorful new data display technology" (ahem) to show you population trends over the last half century and the half century to come. "Child survival is the new green," he declares. Rosling, a Swedish professor of global health, gave this talk at TED@Cannes: Have a video on population or GINK thinking to recommend? Post a link in comments below.  ----- Read more about population and …

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Women who can’t get birth control spotlighted in new short film — watch it here

The new short film Empty Handed: Responding to the Demand for Contraceptives showcases the plight of women in Uganda who want birth control but are being failed by a dysfunctional distribution system.  The average Ugandan woman will give birth to 6.7 children -- that's the second-highest fertility rate in the world, behind only Niger.  The film, produced by Population Action International, debuted earlier this month. Watch the trailer (1:45): Empty Handed Short from Population Action International on Vimeo. Or watch the full short film (8:27): Empty Handed from Population Action International on Vimeo. Then read an op-ed by the filmmaker, …

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Nearly a fifth of American women skip childbearing

Almost 20 percent of American women end up going childfree, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.  In 2008, 18 percent of women reached ages 40 to 44 without having borne a child, compared to just 10 percent in 1976. "The fact that nearly one of five women does not have a child of her own -- that's an enormous transformation from the past," Pew researcher D'Vera Cohn told The Washington Post. About half of these women are childfree by choice. So, is society becoming more accepting of that choice? Yes, write Cohn and co-researcher Gretchen Livingston: …

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