Yesterday it was the Earth Overshoot Day, which marked the imaginary point when humanity’s demand exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year 😓
So, from today onwards, after having used every last bit of natural resources that Earth can provide, we are living on ecological credit.
There’s overpopulation and people keep having children no matter what. Somehow I feel relieved with my decision of not having kids (after many years being judged) knowing that this is probably the most generous decision one can make for the planet.
Modifying the environment to fit the needs of society is causing severe effects, which become worse as the problem of human overpopulation continues. Some human activities that cause damage (directly or indirectly) to the environment on a global scale include population growth, overconsumption, overexploitation, pollution, deforestation, etc. Some of the problems, including global warming and biodiversity loss pose an existential risk to the human race, and human overpopulation causes those problems.
This photo was taken 3 weeks ago when this 🦌 was standing in front of me in the Alps. Like many others, it may disappear because of our selfishness.
It may sound harsh, but I think that we, as humans, deserve extinction. We can’t bring extinct animals back and we can’t undo the massive environmental changes we’ve made. The best thing would be disappear and let the planet begin the slow process of healing itself, reclaiming what was stolen from it.
I don’t remember in my entire life having asked anyone “Why did you have children?” So, I don’t know why I have to be asked so often why I don’t want to have children as if my decision was something wrong and unnatural.
Before I get any criticism, and if you dear reader are still reading my post, I am gonna make a children-related question for the first time: “Would you give up having children to save the planet?”
The environmental toll of having even one child is enormous – 58.6 tonnes of carbon each year. So it’s pretty obvious that going child-free is the answer to our climate crisis and Earth destruction process. And quite probably, the most generous decision a human can make.
Disclaimer: this post is not about condemning those who have children, it’s about awareness of what we are causing to the planet. Feel free to have as many kids as you wish but bear in mind that the world they will live in may not be the desired one. Everyone must act according to his consciousness.