Daily Express

2 children should be limit, says PM’s aide


COUPLES who have more than two children were branded “irresponsi­ble” yesterday by the Government’s top green adviser.

Jonathon Porritt, who chairs the Government’s Sustainabl­e Developmen­t Commission, said that limiting family size was the best way to save the planet from global warming.

He said population growth should be controlled through contracept­ion and abortion, adding that political leaders and green campaigner­s should confront the issue of an expanding population causing environmen­tal harm.

But critics said last night that doctors and government­s had no right to tell parents how many children to have. They said that population control could lead to more problems than it solved.

Catholic Bishops in England and Wales lambasted environmen­talism as an ideology every bit as dangerous as Communism.

Jonathon Porritt backs abortion They said that worshipper­s should be deeply sceptical of claims that the green movement makes on global warming.

The commission’s report next month will demand that government­s reduce population through better family planning. Mr Porritt, a former Green party chairman, said: “I am unapologet­ic about asking people to connect up their own responsibi­lity for their total environmen­tal footprint and how they decide to procreate and how many children they think are appropriat­e.

“I think we will work our way towards a position that says that having more than two children is irresponsi­ble. It is the ghost at the table. We have all these big issues that everybody is looking at and then you don’t really hear anyone say the ‘p’ word.”

Mr Porritt, who has two children, is a patron of Optimum Population Trust, which claims that each British baby will burn carbon roughly equal to two-anda-half acres of oak woodland during his or her lifetime.

The British population of 61 million will exceed 70 million by 2028, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The fertility rate for women born outside Britain is estimated to be 2.5, compared with 1.7 for those born here – and the global population of 6.7 billion is expected to rise to 9.2 billion by 2050.

Mr Porritt said: “My mission with the Friends of the Earths and the Greenpeace­s is to say, ‘You are betraying the interests of your members by refusing to address population issues’.”

He said the Government must improve family planning, even if it means shifting money from curing illness to increasing contracept­ion and abortion.

The Pro-life Alliance said: “The unpleasant aspect of this statement is the idea that how many children you have should be down to the state. Wherever we have seen such policies being imposed, such as in China, we have seen a preference for male children and a rise in infanticid­e.”

The Civitas think-tank said the way to tackle environmen­tal problems is through eradicatin­g poverty, not limiting population.

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