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.
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.
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.
In honor of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, here are two videos showing what would happen if we humans suddenly up and disappeared.