Toys "R" Us

The Closing of Toys “R” Us: Due to Decline in Birthrates?

With the announcement of the closing of Toys “R” Us, we’ve seen a few articles discussing one particular reason it went bankrupt and out of business: decline in birth rates. Let’s examine this claim. Continue reading “The Closing of Toys “R” Us: Due to Decline in Birthrates?”

moral duty

Not Having Kids: From Moral Outrage toward Moral Duty

One particular phrase relating to a study that came out last spring continues to pop up online: moral outrage. The study, “Parenthood as a Moral Imperative? Moral Outrage and the Stigmatization of Voluntarily Childfree Women and Men” has a finding that not having children by choice “inspires moral outrage in others.” While the study’s author Leslie Ashburn-Nardo acknowledges “mean levels of moral outrage were small overall” and it can be argued that the media have overblown this finding, it’s worth asking why people can feel morally outraged by the childfree. Here are two big reasons why. Continue reading “Not Having Kids: From Moral Outrage toward Moral Duty”

population engineering

Scholars Talk Pronatalism and Population Engineering

Michael Cook has an interesting article on bioedge.org: “Let’s fight climate change with population engineering.” Yes – “population“engineering.” What is it? Check it out. Continue reading “Scholars Talk Pronatalism and Population Engineering”

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Captain Paul Watson

Biocentrism, Buddhism, and the Parenthood Decision

One of my new heroes is Captain Paul Watson, activist and founder of the Sea Shepard Conservation Society. Reading his recent commentary, “Human Lives Are Not More Important Than Animal Lives” in Outdoor Journal and then shortly after finishing the book, Other than Mother set off swirls of contemplation.  Let me explain. Continue reading “Biocentrism, Buddhism, and the Parenthood Decision”

Love Heals Baby Elephants

Photo by Mary Baures

Where the Books, Love Heals Baby Elephants & Man Swarm Meet

Melanie Davis recently reviewed and now I have read Love Heals Baby Elephants: Rebirthing Ivory Orphans myself. In addition to wonderful photos and stories of not only baby elephants but rhinos and lions, I was particularly moved when reading the last few chapters of this book. In them Dr. Mary Baures gets into larger societal issues related to slaughter, the loss of habitat, extinction and our relationship with the natural world. Here are just a few quotes: Continue reading “Where the Books, Love Heals Baby Elephants & Man Swarm Meet”

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July 11, 2015 is World Population Day

World Population Day is coming up; it’s an annual event observed on July 11, and seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, approximately the date on which the world’s population reached five billion people.”  The Population Clock shows the world population increases in real time-the last I looked it was: Continue reading “July 11, 2015 is World Population Day”

I=PAT

Will the Pope Talk Overpopulation & I=PAT?

As I am sure you have seen in the media, the Pope’s “papal encyclical” is due out tomorrow. As CNN explains, “Derived from the Greek word for ‘circle,’ a papal encyclical is a letter from the pope to Catholic clergy and laypeople around the world.” This one though, he hopes “will reach a wider audience, including world leaders meeting for several key environmental summits this year.” It is supposed to be the “first to focus exclusively on ‘creation care,’ the Christian idea that God gave humans the Earth to cultivate, not conquer.”  Continue reading “Will the Pope Talk Overpopulation & I=PAT?”

The Perils of Pushing the Limits of Longevity

The recent “Longevity Report” in TIME magazine may make us marvel at how scientists are “toying with ways to manipulate genes and pull out aging cells, all in a race to find a way to extend longevity to its outer limits.” On one level, medical technology that may just make it possible to live to be 142 years old is amazing. Continue reading “The Perils of Pushing the Limits of Longevity”

Laura Carroll, Man Swarm, population growth

Inside Man Swarm: The Fuller Picture of Population Growth

In developing the new edition of Man Swarm with renowned conservationist Dave Foreman, I learned so much. For example, I used to think that if birth rates decline it must mean population growth is slowing. But as the book discusses, there’s a lot more to the picture. Here are three important factors that are too often overlooked: Continue reading “Inside Man Swarm: The Fuller Picture of Population Growth”