From the British Medical Journal


(And by the way, their answer to both rhetorical questions is ‘Yes’)


. . . Each new UK (United Kingdom) birth will be responsible for 160 times more greenhouse gas emissions . . . than a new birth in Ethiopia.” Should UK doctors break a deafening silence here? “Population” and “family planning” seem taboo words and were notably absent from two BMJ editorials on climate change. Although we endorse everything that those editorials recommended, isn’t contraception the medical profession’s prime contribution for all countries?

. . .  We must not put pressure on people, but by providing information on the population and the environment, and appropriate contraception for everyone (and by their own example), doctors should help to bring family size into the arena of environmental ethics, analogous to avoiding patio heaters and high carbon cars.


Yes, having fewer kids is a very effective way to reduce your community’s carbon footprint. Also effective (but not noted here): suicide. And murder.


So the question we need to ask is – is Human Life more important than being green?