Does the birth rate endanger the planet?

The fight against global warming and reducing carbon footprint it has become a motto and a way of life for environmentalists or anyone else with sensitivity to our planet. According to various studies, a vegetarian diet can save 0.8 tons of CO2 per year, stop using the car to move 2.4 tons, avoid air travel 1.6 tons. In total 4.8 tons per year of savings. The most surprising thing is that according to studies by the University of British Columbia and the University of Lund, in Sweden, a baby produces an astronomical 58 tons of CO2 per year.

All of the above has meant that part of the youth, especially outside our borders and increasingly concerned about environmental issues, are considering not having children or having only one to save the planet. It is difficult to quantify the demographic consequences that this type of reasoning may have, but what is evident is that it is a new perspective on the possible consequences of having a child.

What are the Ginks?

Of such magnitude is the phenomenon that in the United States this group of young people is called the Ginks, which is the acronym formed from the English words that mean: "Green commitment, no children. (Green Inclination No Kids) ". Leilani Munter, a former American racing driver, has become famous for her videos on social networks. In them she wields phrases such as:" This world will be better if it is less populated "or" If we want to save this planet, we have no choice but tackling the problem of human overpopulation"Also very active is the British NGO Population Matters, whose philosophy is based on promoting a life without children, or reducing the number of children.

A baby produces an astronomical 58 tons per year of C02

Are these kinds of thoughts true or do they mask the precariousness and austerity to which a large part of the youth is subjected? If not that they tell the young and not so young Spaniards who are considering having a child. According to Save the Children, job insecurity, the cost of housing and parenting are the most important brakes for birth rates In our country, let us remember that the minimum cost to be able to raise a child in decent conditions ranges between 480 and 590 euros per month, a figure that grows to 588 euros per month if they are in adolescence, according to various statistics. Taking into account that the average salary in Spain is € 1,400, the having a child, in many cases, means putting yourself at risk of poverty. According to Save the Children data, about 2 million children live in poverty in our country and one million in severe poverty.

On the other side of the scale, we have young people, especially women, who do not want having a child represent a professional and economic brake. In 2007, Corinne maier She published her book No Kid, received great criticism and was accused of being provocative: "Before we never talked about the sacrifice that pregnancy represents for women," says the writer, adding: "But it is a priesthood, an overwhelming burden, a gigantic investment that must be reconciled with work. All for weeks of seventy hours and a questionable collective utility ". At the beginning of this century it might seem something revolutionary, but today there is a strong trend towards equal conditions for women in the labor market. Which means that many decide not to have children or delay it as long as possible.

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