CNN founder Ted Turner told global leaders at a meeting in Mexico that the rest of the world should adopt China’s one-child policy, according to a Toronto newspaper.
” ‘If we’re going to be here [as a species] 5,000 years from now, we’re not going to do it with seven billion people,’ CNN founder Ted Turner said Sunday at a conference discussing the impact of demographic trends on the future of greenhouse gas emission.”
“If such a plan was adopted, the father of five said, poor people could profit from their decision not to reproduce by selling fertility rights.”
“China claims its policy has resulted in 400 million fewer births since 1979, limiting emissions growth even as the country becomes more industrialized. But critics argue the mandate has contributed to more abortions and high levels of female infanticide.”
Did you catch that little factoid our reporter threw in – Turner is a father of 5! Which four children would he like to give back? Which four shouldn’t have had the chance to live?
I understand the need to conserve and take care of our planet but I’m also just not OK with telling people they can only have one child. There’s lots of sensible things we can do to protect our planet and reverse damage already done. Telling families they can only have one child doesn’t seem reasonable.
Also let’s review what an awful, awful idea it is for poor people to “sell their fertility rights” to rich people. Things are already unfair enough in the world without telling a poor person you can live comfortably IF you just give up you right to have a child. It’s just so wrong on so many levels. Can you imagine the hatred that would build and the further rifts that would create?
So where do you stand: Should the world limit every family to just one child? Should poor people sell their fertility rights to rich people? Should Ted Turner just keep his mouth shut? What other suggestions would you have to help protect the planet?