Efforts to curb climate change have been varied and, thus far, largely unsuccessful. But Travis Rieder, a philosopher at The Johns Hopkins University, has a new approach: have fewer children.
Although an ethically and emotionally difficult decision, Rieder argues that decreasing the global fertility rate by just half a child per woman could eliminate 1/5 to 1/4 of the carbon emissions that would bring human civilization to a catastrophic tipping point.
“We need to shift our cultural attitudes,” Rieder says, “It’s not the childless who must justify their lifestyle. It’s the rest of us.”