Well, since my family is being used as an example, I figured I'd put some 2 cents in. I really would have liked to see this thread discuss the positive things we can do to live gently and simply, so as to leave minimal, gentle footprints on the enviroment.
I am aware that less resources would have 'wasted' were I to have not had children (or fewer of them.) However, I know that the world would have been a less beautiful place spiritually. I'm sorry, but I do not seperate the spiritual aspects of the world's enviroment from the physical ones. This is my opinion, and I am well aware that it is not a popular one, and I will probably be flamed for it. So be it. At this point in this thread I feel that it needs to be said.
There was a beautiful woods behind our house for the last 25 years where deer, skunk, bats and birds made their home. It has been torn down to build storage garages so that the people living in Apts. on the lake will have somewhere to store thier 'stuff.' Perhaps if those people would consider having less 'stuff' there would be more room for living things. That was all I was trying to say. I think that people and animals are more important than well manicured lawns, extra rooms of funiture, dishwashers, cars, boats, 4-wheelers, disposable plates, cans, meal packaging, diapers, tablecloths, clothes, and whatever else we 'need.'
I am speaking to myself as much as anyone. I need to re-think how I live and how my 'trash' effects the enviroment. I need to reconsider how often I am wasting water by letting it run while doing dishes, brushing teeth, or enjoying a long shower. I want to re-examine long trips where I will directly effect the enviroment with unneccessary use of gasoline. These are things that I can directly do to make a difference.
Adoption is a wonderful and blessed thing on so many levels. It certianly deserves a thread of it's own. As far as the impact it can have on the enviroment, I am unsure. I am all for reform of the adoption processes in this country and others, so that it will be a more viable option for those that are not middle class or wealthy. For the children's sake I would like to see speeder adoption processes so that more children can be adopted into homes in the early months of life when the transition for everyone is more optimum.
Now, if everyone would consume less and eat less, or no animal products, the earth could more easily produce the amount of food needed to feed the population.
We can all do something to make our footprints more gentle, for some it may be to limit the amount of children they bring into the world, for others it may be to geat more naturally and consume less waste products. For others it may be to find an occupation that does not require them to go to places where they will need to fly or drive large distances. And for some it will be to live where they can walk or bicyle to work or work out of thier home.
We all can do some things to help the enviroment and live more gently, let's focus on what we can do and not criticize others for not doing the things we do. That really isn't helpful to anyone.
Maybe if we stopped waging war we would have more resources available to love one another. Just a thought.