In a controversial statement, leading environmental campaigner Jonathon Porritt has said that couples who have more than two children are being ‘irresponsible’ by creating an unbearable burden on the environment.
Porritt, Chair of the UK’s high-level Sustainable Development Commission, has urged world government’s to consider adopting widespread contraception and abortion policies as a vital component of strategies to reduce global warming.
Speaking about his views, which are sure to raise an eyebrow or two amongst liberal thinkers, Porritt said, “I am unapologetic about asking people to connect up their own responsibility for their total environmental footprint and how they decide to procreate and how many children they think are appropriate.”
He also told reporters that politicians and green groups should stop avoiding the issue of environmental damage caused by an escalating population.
The Sustainable Development Commission is due to publish a report next month that will say that governments must decrease population growth through better family planning. In a further comment that is bound to ruffle a few feathers porritt said, ““I think we will work our way towards a position that says that having more than two children is irresponsible. It is the ghost at the table. We have all these big issues that everybody is looking at and then you don’t really hear anyone say the “p” word.”
Now where does this leave the poor woman who gave birth to octuplets last week?
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