The other day I overhead a snippet of news that mentioned “green birth control”–which got me pumped. For all my sustainable efforts, I am aware that the very fact that I piss is destroying aquatic life. But what’s a girl to do? Finding the right birth control is an extremely personal choice, and one that is often decided by how your body reacts to different methods. I was lucky enough to choose a pill that has worked for me for over 10 years, so the idea of suddenly inserting an IUD at this stage in the game seems pointless (and expensive)–especially considering I can see myself having kids within the next 5 years. And being the lazy environmentalist that I am, the Natural Birth Method seems like a lot of work!
But all that aside, apparently green birth control doesn’t refer to an actual method of birth control, but a proposition of controlling how many children a woman gives birth to! By now everyone has heard the term carbon footprint, so the reasoning here is that the more lil’ ones you bring into the world, the more damage you’re doing to it. From an objective standpoint, it’s a valid argument. I’m not one to subscribe to mass-hysteria, but this theory has thrown a small wrench into the gears of my “garden of babies” dream. Then again, if I were to raise my kids to be green-minded, wouldn’t that be doing more for the future of this world then not having any kids at all? My childhood was spent in what was essentially a single family commune (complete with veggie garden, chickens, turkeys, pig, compost and no sugar/cable tv), and look what happened: My sister is out in the Middle East studying gulf economics (the belly of the beast with big oil) and I’m on my way to helping start a Better Farm.
So maybe I’ll just limit myself to 1 flower child?
Anne Geddes photo via Seattle PI