TIME's May 8 article on “eco-parenting” carries an incendiary lead paragraph that reinforces the kids-are-bad-for-the-environment theme running through much of the save-the-planet hyperbole being reported by the media.
“Want to wreck the environment? Have a baby. Each bundle of joy gobbles up more of the planet's food, clogs garbage dumps with diapers, churns through plastic toys and winds up a gas-guzzling, resource-consuming grown-up like the rest of us. Still, babies are awfully cute. Given that most people will intend to procreate, what's an environmentally conscious parent to do?”
To her credit, contributor Pamela Paul's story, "Growing Up Green," didn't go down the population control path in discussing the impact of childbearing on the environment. That train of thought was in the news last fall when Alan Weisman's book The World Without Us was released and continues to get media attention today.
No, Paul's article is a call to (green) arms for parents who “are not just buying greener but fundamentally altering the often wasteful art of child-rearing.” The story lists all kinds of things “green-minded families” are doing to save the planet.
Buying organic baby goodies like
mohair-filled crib mattresses
flame retardant-free pjs
Paul quotes parents from the “eco haven” that is
After citing a poll that shows “the act of having kids triggers many to go green,” Paul also flacks a couple of books on green child rearing, including a new one by radio host Don Imus's wife, Dierdre, entitled Growing Up Green! Paul herself is the author of Parenting, Inc.
Seems Junior's carbon footprint has spawned a whole new genre in the publishing world.