Two Kids Should Be the Limit: Eco Expert

UK green adviser says overpopulation is 'ghost at the table'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 2, 2009 1:50 PM CST
Governments should encourage better family planning, according to a forthcoming report.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – If you have more than a pair of kids, you’re damaging the planet, says an environmental adviser to the British government. He says contraception and abortion are key to fighting overpopulation that adds to global warming, the Times of London reports. “I am unapologetic about asking people to connect up their own responsibility for their total environmental footprint and how they decide to procreate,” Jonathon Porritt says.

Porritt is head of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, which will issue a report next month urging governments to improve family planning to reduce population growth.  “I think we will work our way towards” the idea that “having more than two children is irresponsible. It is the ghost at the table,” he says. “We have all these big issues that everybody is looking at, and then you don’t really hear anyone say the ‘P’ word.”