Saturday, May 12, 2012

A day for Honoring all Human UnMothers.....

On my behalf and on behalf of all sentient beings I want to thank and honor all of you human animal females who have avoided becoming mothers. Thank you Thank you and Thank you! You have chosen to not participate in or contribute to the ongoing and accelerating destruction of most of the current habitat and environment of the planet Earth.

The human overpopulation of the planet is destroying other species and the environmental conditions necessary to support Earth's species at an astonishing rate. The single most significant thing any human animal can do to reduce their negative impact on the ecosystem is to not reproduce. While not disrespecting those who have children...the real heroes who deserve acknowledgement are those brave women who have had the courage to remain childless.
When scientists talk about overpopulation, they are usually referring to a population exceeding its biological carrying capacity which is defined as "the maximum number of animals that a specific habitat or area can support without causing deterioration or degradation of that habitat.” 
 Look at the bottom left corner of the graph, it is estimated that the human population of the planet exceeded 1 billion in 1804. In general, thought suggests that a human population of around 500 million (in other words, a population of humans half of the 1804 population) is a "sustainable" number of people. If you want to poke around, there is an abundance of information available...

What is important to remember is that every additional human animal on the planet means two things for our fellow Earthlings:

A. Less space and food (natural habitat) for other animals.
B. More animals killed for food by humans.

The direction of the number of human animals needs (for the sake of the planet, for our fellow Earthlings and for ourselves) to be decreasing, not increasing. We could make the number decrease by killing (and we are amazingly good at that) or by death from disease or starvation or whatever....or we could make the number decrease by not adding to it and letting death due to age begin to bring the number down. Obviously the least violent and painful way to make our numbers drop is to quit having so many children.

So...thanks is due to those courageous and heroic human females (inadvertently or not) who have had the generosity and vision to help all living beings by being UnMothers.  Your planet thanks you, your fellow Earthlings thank you...especially all mothers who aren't human animals, and I thank you. You are appreciated and valued and treasured.

Your not having children means you voted to have more tigers living in the wild instead of another McDonalds hamburger joint.

You voted to preserve, not to destroy. You voted for the future, not for the now. This is caring, this is concern, this is love...this is true "mothering". Be impressed with yourselves, you should be...we all should be. Thank you!!!   (Repost from May 7, 2011)


Have Gone Vegan said...

Glad to have helped. ;)

D.E.M. said...

I'm with you. I have only one. Husband read the book "Maybe Only One" about the catastrophe of human reproduction and that was that :)

veganelder said...

Thank you for commenting HGV and DEM.

HGV: I'm glad you did help.. :-)

DEM: Only one is good too. :-)

Amy Patterson said...

You are quite welcome. :-) Ever since I was a girl, I've always thought if I ever had a child, it would be via adoption. Never felt the need or urge to re-create myself. Although I've never had any human children, I've rescued and given homes to about a dozen otherwise unwanted canines. Dogs are easier than kids! ... so anyway, loved your post, but am concerned that the folks who are reproducing the most rapidly are too often the ones who shouldn't be reproducing at all. Whaddyagonnado? ;-)

veganelder said...

Thank you for commenting Amy. Estimates range from 300 million to 2 billion as the maximum number of human animals the planet can sustain without serious damage...with the current population being 7 billion and climbing this means NO humans should be reproducing at this point in time much less those that seem to think having children is a form of recreation. (pun) :-)

Harry said...

Yep, we're pretty good at controlling our fellow Earthlings' population (up or down depending on our whims) but we fail to adequately address the population increase that is at the root of all the problems: human. Here in Australia you receive a handsome federally-signed 'baby bonus' cheque should you be successful in adding to the burden!

joan.kyler said...

And in the shorter term, I wonder how many of those human mothers will be taken out to dinner on their day and eat lamb or veal without thinking that they are eating another mother's child.

veganelder said...

Thank you for commenting Harry and Joan.

Harry: A bonus?...jeez, we're so clueless.

Joan: Indeed, sad sad sad.

Bea Elliott said...

Me! Me! Me! I accept the gratitude for not contributing yet one more carbon being to the planet! Yes!

When I was a teen I read Rachel Carson's silent spring and Future Shock by Toffler. I made my young mind up then in 5th period study hall --- No kids from me!

I'm certain some people in my past have never forgiven me though. Seems I betrayed some kind of sacred reproductive pact. Sorry! No replacement models for me! LOL!

I wonder at times however, if once in a while when the reality hits: The traffic jams, the water shortages, the word of species extinctions, human starvation... the works - Does any one of them admit (just to themselves) that I might have been on to something. (?)

In any case - I'm glad to accept your kudos and extend equal appreciation to others who have also made very modest dna contributions to a species already diverse and expansive enough.

Let's mother the critters! They don't want expensive (leather) shoes, air travel or i-pods! ;)

veganelder said...

Thank you for commenting Bea. And thank you for being able to see and understand and care. I'm with you about mothering the other is much much more gratifying and fun.