New Study Claims Having Children Is Most Harmful To Our Environment

by Madhusree Chatragadda
New Study Claims Having Children Is Most Harmful To Our Environment

Climate change is upon us even though the likes of Donald Trump still brush it off as just a myth. But with Chennai already out of water and most of India soon to follow, we know climate change is real and is here to stay if we do not do something about it quick. A lot of research has been conducted on this topic so far and a very recent study has come up with a startling conclusion: Not having kids is great for the environment!

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The Study
The study was conducted by Sweden’s Lund University trying to find out the most polluting things that people indulge in. Having children topped the list with air travel, driving vehicles and meat eating rounded up the rest of the list. According to the research “A US family who chooses to have one child would provide the same level of emissions reductions as 684 teenagers who choose to adopt comprehensive recycling for the rest of their lives.” No wonder things get much simpler if you just don’t have a child!

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Other Findings
The stud also came up with 4 key components leading to a life that transmits way lesser of a carbon footprint. “We found there are four actions that could result in substantial decreases in an individual’s carbon footprint: eating a plant-based diet, avoiding air travel, living car-free and having smaller families. For example, living car-free saves about 2.4 tonnes of C02 equivalent per year, while eating a plant-based diet saves 0.8 tonnes of C02 equivalent a year.”

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Whoa! It’s official people and not just Vegan banter, a plant-based diet and eco-friendly means of travel is the answer to saving our environment and in turn, our own self. Even one less kid every family can have a monumentally good impact on the environment saving an average of ” 58.6 tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions per year.”

Soon we are also going to cross the most populated country in the world, China. If that’s not a cause for worry, what it? Just adopt a cat people.

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