A footprint to make Big Foot blush

I know I already posted once today but while working I came across this article about an Arkansas woman who just gave birth to her 17th child and is, approved of course, urologist already wanting another one. Now, seeing as it is impossible for me not to be freaked out by this, I’m going to try and curb my tongue and say: think of the environmental impact!

Waste receptacles = waste, no matter how you look at it.

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At the bottom of the article they mention some “fun facts” one of them being that the Duggar family has gone through an estimated 90,000 diapers! Now, I don’t know whether they are using disposable diapers or not – and the debate continues to rage over whether one is better than the other for the environment – but still! 90,000 diapers!

Another “fun fact” is that they do approximately 200 loads of laundry each month.

Each baby is viewed as a gift from God which is why they start planning the next as soon as the recent one pops out – not because they might be enthralled with the popularity of having one of the largest families in the U.S. and the press coverage they receive right? However, even the religious right is starting to realize that there is no need to “be fruitful and multiply” to such an extent anymore.

Q. Another thing traditional environmentalists would say is that one of the biggest problems humanity faces, if not the biggest, is exploding population.

A. Absolutely.

Q. But there’s a strain in Christianity generally, and particularly fundamentalist Christianity or evangelical Christianity, that emphasizes multiplying and populating the earth with big families.

A. The Bible does say, “Be fruitful and multiply.” It says, “Love one another.” It says, “Do the great commissioning.” It says look after the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those in prison, take care of the sick. Of all the commandments given by God, the first one that humanity can check off as done is, “Be fruitful and multiply.”

Q. [Laughs.] So we’re done there.

A. We’re done. We need to move on to the next one.

That was taken from an interview with J. Matthew Sleeth in a special report Grist did about God & the Environment which is well worth the read.

So even though I am sure the Duggars are probably very nice people, and even though they built there 7,000 square foot home Debt Free – they still had to build a 7000 square foot home! The Mister says I’m not allowed to go back to their website and read things out to him from it so I can’t tell you how many bathrooms their home has, but if they do 200 loads of laundry a month you can bet they wash an Ark load of dishes and get good use out of their Costco membership. I only hope they recycle even though it is the LAST R!
Some of us can only dream of having a Weasley-sized family of redheads but know, that since we don’t have magic on our side, we can’t do so in good conscience. In some countries – China – you have to get special dispensation from the government to be allowed a second child so many first born girls get abandoned, or if they are lucky, adopted.

So, Jim Bob and Michelle, you have gone forth and multiplied – exponentially. It’s time to stop and give the planet a rest.

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