Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Stop having children! Planet Earth will benefit from smaller families, researchers say

As the topic of climate change continues to dominate the political sphere, researchers have announced that the best way to save the planet is to have fewer children. They also announced three other lifestyle changes which can lead to carbon footprint reduction.

Researchers from Sweden's Lund University identified four ways that people can reduce their carbon footprints, with the most powerful one being to simply have smaller families.

If families were to have one fewer child, it would save an average of 58.6 tons of CO2-equivalent emission reductions per year, according to the report.

“A US family who chooses to have one fewer child would provide the same level of emissions reductions as 684 teenagers who choose to adopt comprehensive recycling for the rest of their lives,” it states.

While that method was the one that carries the most impact, the researchers also suggested three other ways for people to reduce their carbon footprints – eating a plant-based diet, avoiding air travel and living car-free.

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