Prince Harry has announced that he and wife Meghan Markle plan to have just two children “maximum” out of concerns for the environment. In the September issue of British Vogue, which is guest-edited by Meghan, Prince Harry spoke with primatologist Jane Goodall about climate change. That’s when Goodall pushed the prince to say he would only have two children.
“What we need to remind everybody is: these are things that are happening now,” said Harry about the current state of the environment. “We are already living in it. We are the frog in the water and it’s already been brought to the boil. Which is terrifying.”
He went on to say that he sees issues with the planet from a different perspective since his son Archie was born, believing he needs to help keep the environment healthy for the generations to come. “I view it differently now, without question,” he explained. “But I’ve always wanted to try and ensure that, even before having a child and hoping to have children….”
That’s when Goodall cut him off to (judgementally) say, “Not too many!”
“Two, maximum!” Harry assured her. “But I’ve always thought: this place is borrowed. And, surely, being as intelligent as we all are, or as evolved as we all are supposed to be, we should be able to leave something better for the next generation.”
Apparently, it’s only about “choice” when the choice is to not have children. But having children doesn’t mean we can’t also make positive changes for the planet. As Live Action President Lila Rose pointed out in a tweet, children are not the problem.
“Kids are never the problem,” she wrote. “We don’t solve concerns of war, the economy or climate by rejecting the GIFT of kids. We solve our problems by taking ownership for whatever our part is in them, & by using the creativity, gifts & talents we have to serve others & make the world better.”
Kids are never the problem. We don’t solve concerns of war, the economy or climate by rejecting the GIFT of kids. We solve our problems by taking ownership for whatever our part is in them, & by using the creativity, gifts & talents we have to serve others & make the world better https://t.co/rBSKpMpk1I
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) July 31, 2019
And if Harry honestly believes that having two children instead of three like his brother William and his wife Kate, perhaps he should instead reconsider his own carbon emissions. Cutting back on those might be a wiser step to take in helping to save the environment.
“Is this the same Harry who uses helicopters to go from London to Birmingham & whose wife uses celebrity mates’ private jets to cross the Atlantic?” tweeted Piers Morgan regarding Harry’s statement to Goodall.
🤣🤣🤣 Is this the same Harry who uses helicopters to go from London to Birmingham & whose wife uses celebrity mates’ private jets to cross the Atlantic? https://t.co/KvOhlbWI3C
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 30, 2019
In fact, as reported by CNN, the royal family has doubled its carbon footprint in just one year. Regardless of the installation of energy-efficient boilers and lighting, the family managed to increase CO2 emissions from travel expenses alone from 1,687 tonnes in 2018 to 3,344 tonnes in 2019. Total emissions for the family in 2019 was 8,393 tonnes.
For their part, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, took overseas trips including to Fiji and Tonga. However, their trip to Australia and New Zealand was not included in the emissions report because the trip was paid for by the governments of those countries.
As Lila Rose stated, children aren’t the problem. In fact, it’s the children who will likely pave the way to new innovative ways to take better care of the environment.
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