Wednesday, January 14, 2009


My mother was a woman much ahead of her time. Circa 1960 she told me that her greatest regret was not that she had children, but that she gave birth to them. “As long as there is one orphan in the world,” she told me, “no woman should give birth to a child.”

A half century later, similar things are being said, with a global population level that is more than twice as large.

“Having children is selfish. It’s all about maintaining your genetic line at expense of the planet. Every person who is born uses more rubbish, more pollution, more greenhouse gases, and adds to the problem of over-population.” Tony Vernelli, who at 19, voluntarily chose to be sterilized.

“The most environmentally destructive act any one person can do is to have a child… There is nothing so special about any individual’s DNA that makes it more important than the thousands of lives every additional human will snuff out… If an individual cares about the Earth or the animals—hell, even if that person cares about other people—they will not breed.” Geddon Cascadia

It is appropriate then, for me to conjure up some bumper sticker slogans to encapsulate these sentiments. Perhaps some have already been composed. But here is what I have in mind:

Adopt Children.
Don’t Breed Them.

Not Having Kids
Is this Best Favour
You could EVER do
For Mother Earth

Your Kids Need Your Love
Not Your DNA

Your dog doesn’t have your genes either
So why must your children?

Uncles (Good Cops)
Have More Fun Than
Fathers (Bad Cops)

(note also applies to aunts and mothers)

Tim Murray,
Quadra Island, BC.

Have a Happy and Fruitful (but not in a procreative sense) New Year!

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