There are those who consider David Beckham something of a role model. The British footballer is widely respected around the world, not only for his soccer talents and as an ambassador for the game, but for being a family man, as well. Back in 1999, he married British pop star Victoria Adams, and the couple have stayed together since, bringing up three children in Britain and the U.S. (Beckham is now ending his career as a member of the L.A. Galaxy). David and Victoria have just had a fourth child.
And for that, Optimum Population Trust chief executive Simon Ross thinks Beckham is unworthy of admiration. He is quoted in a Guardian article saying:
“The Beckhams, and others like London mayor Boris Johnson, are very bad role models with their large families. There’s no point in people trying to reduce their carbon emissions and then increasing them 100% by having another child,” he said. “England is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and the fastest-growing in population terms in Europe. In 15 years we’ll have an extra 10 million people here.”
Absurd British Green MP Caroline Lucas, who has two children herself, agrees:
“We need to have a far greater public debate about population, whether it focuses on improving family planning or reducing global inequality – and looking again at how we address the strain on our natural resources. The absence of an open and honest discussion about this issue means most people don’t give much thought to the scale of global population growth in recent years.”
But she seems at a loss as to how to deal with it:
Lucas said the Green party was not afraid to raise the subject because it was “fundamental” to wellbeing. “The lesson to be learned from China is surely that efforts to curb population growth in a way that restricts individual liberty are dangerous and come at huge human cost,” she said. “Policies that focus on increasing access to birth control for all who want it, reducing poverty and inequality, improving food security and tackling environmental degradation are where we should be focusing our attention.
“At its heart, this is a debate about poverty and inequality, as well as about sustainability – and we believe that strong policies to reduce the yawning gulf between rich and poor should underpin every effort to address it.
The rest here.