Friday, July 25, 2008

Is it time to stop having children?

An editorial in the British Medical Journal by argues that if you live in the developed world you should stick to two children for the sake of the environment.

Here is the story of a father ( from the United Arab Emirates) who already has 78 children and is aiming to have 100 (yes one hundred children)! Daad Mohammed Murad Abdul Rahman, 60, has already had 15 brides although he has to divorce them as he goes along to remain within the legal limit of four wives at a time.

He will to have at least three more marriages to hit the century.

World population can’t multiply indefinitely. There should be a limit to its growth so that it can fit the limited resources of the earth. Even the current population can use up the available resources in a short time, causing huge environmental disasters, if the current consumption is tripled or quadrupled.

It is not enough to have a stable population, but also the mechanism to make each individual aware of his or her responsibility to the planet. This can be achieved if we stick to our basic needs without greed.

In Africa, there are many (poor) families with many children. These are not the cause of environmental problems. It is the rich in the developed countries that cause them these problems – for example- through illegal and excessive logging.

The current population can save the planet by being more environmentally aware and by using product that are environment friendly.

Should we insinuate from John Guillebaud’s editorial that the extra kids of today are the monsters of the future as they will ravish the environment?

There is an old maxim which says, ” Our grandparents left us a safe environment, what environment shall we leave our children?”

With the ageing and falling population in many countries, children are still needed. There are countries like France that provide material incentives incentive to parents to have more children.

What is needed is to create an environmental and population balance for plants, species and people can live in harmony.

Considering kids as the future trouble is like seeing them as time-bomb that should be stifled in the womb.


Margot the Marrakesh Mystic said...

His poor wives! Getting married and divorced at his whim! Is he very rich, or something? Unless he's rich, why would the last three women even accept to marry him?

Margot, the Marrakesh Mystic

Abdelilah Boukili said...

Hi Margot,
The irony here is that the authorities in his country are allowing him to use his "wives" as a procreation machine. Marrying and divorcing just to set a record in having children is in itself a crime.

Mary said...

Well, my thoughts about this are that the authorities in his country (surely MEN authorities) are letting him do it because they actually ADMIRE him!

Dedicated Elementary Teacher Overseas (in the Middle East)