U.S. pro­gres­sives urge Bri­tain’s roy­als to stop hav­ing chil­dren

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Va­lerie Richard­son

Pro­gres­sives wor­ried about cli­mate change and so­cial jus­tice have a mes­sage for Prince Wil­liam and Princess Kate: Stop hav­ing chil­dren.

The San Fran­cisco group Hav­ing Kids, which cham­pi­ons smaller fam­i­lies, cre­ated a stir with its open let­ter urg­ing the Bri­tish royal cou­ple to forgo hav­ing a third child on the grounds that a crowded nurs­ery does dam­age to “sus­tain­abil­ity and eq­uity.”

“Melt­ing glaciers could af­fect the North At­lantic cir­cu­la­tion, com­pletely chang­ing the United King­dom’s weather,” the July 25 let­ter reads. “All of us — es­pe­cially pub­lic fig­ures — should plan our fam­i­lies with the fu­ture en­vi­ron­ment in mind, pro­duc­ing a smaller and more re­silient pop­u­lace ca­pa­ble of thriv­ing in that en­vi­ron­ment.”

The let­ter, signed by Hav­ing Kids ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Anne Green and pres­i­dent Carter Dil­lard, met with a rash of crit­i­cism from those en­cour­ag­ing the ac­tivists to mind their own business, but the San Fran­cisco-based group was un­de­terred.

In a Mon­day state­ment, Hav­ing Kids ar­gued that its crit­ics “have only proven the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s point by fail­ing to rec­og­nize the unique ef­fi­cacy of fam­ily plan­ning as a tool to mit­i­gate cli­mate change, close the gap between rich and poor, and dra­mat­i­cally im­prove child wel­fare — all at once.”

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