There is a new way to save the planet that is creating a bit of a buzz : just say no to kids ! They call themselves GINKs . Green Inclination No Kids. Women who have decided, despite social pressure from friends and relatives, to not have children. Their manifesto is that by not having children they are helping to save the planet by reducing population growth, waste production, resource consumption and CO2 emmissions. Their slogan is 'Say it loud : I am child free and I'm proud.'
As well as helping to save the planet, GINKs rather than being less happy without children may be happier. This 'green lifestyle choice' unlike many, may not involve as much of a sacrifice. This is for a number of reasons.
Although children are a source of happiness, other sources of happiness tend to get crowded out. Couples who have children discover that bringing them up properly is very hard work and takes up a lot of time and anergy. Time and energy that used to be invested in the couple. New parents find for the first 2 or 3 (18?) years, there is less time and energy for themselves to do other things that used to make them happy. Less eating out, less cinema visits, less meeting up with friends, less making love.
Not having children also frees up income the couple can spend on themselves. Children are expensive in finacial terms as well as the time and energy that needs to be invested.
Want to read more? Go Green Between the Sheets and Make Your Love Life Sustainable by Stefanie Iris Weiss.