August 10, 2009

Having Children Sends your Carbon Footprint Soaring

according to a new study from statisticians at Oregon State University.

When the hypothetical woman who drives a fuel-efficient car, recycles, buys Energy Star appliances, and switches to CFL bulbs has a baby, not only her waistline grows. Having two children increases her carbon footprint 40 times--especially in the U.S.

A change in lifestyle that involves children is hard not only on your wallet, but on your planet. The calculations take into account that each child is likely to have more children. So it's really population growth that's the big factor here. So I'm not advocating zero population growth here. Those grandkids are just too darn cute.