It’s here. The long awaited Blog Action Day! The organizing team estimated that over 7,500 bloggers will be talking about an environmental issue today. How convenient this is on a Monday which we Go Green around here.
It took me awhile to think of what issue I wanted to discuss. I drew upon a conversation I had this past weekend where I was talking with a stranger who was making me feel as though I had to defend myself for me only have one child, Boy Wonder. It was a decision and choice that me and the hubby agreed upon.
That’s when it hit me. Overpopulation. Did you know that world population is currently growing by approximately 75 million people per year? Most growth takes place in the underdeveloped countries where birth control is simply not an option. For one it may be impossible to get or too expensive or they are simply uninformed. It’s estimated that over 350 million women did not plan or want their last child they delivered.
Now I won’t even pretend to know how to tackle this problem. There are some great groups out there that dedicate themselves to awareness of this issue: Overpopulation.org and National Geographic has an interesting viewpoint on it as well. As with any issue there are nay sayers that say this is completely blown out of proportion.
What is painfully clear to me, an unscientific person, is that we should be concerned about our eco-system being able to sustain any human growth. We trash our environment, poison our earth, and deplete our resources at a faster rate of replenishment. Is it surprising?
One solution (for our more educated and developed country) is to adopt otherwise unwanted children. Quite a popular term since Angelina Jolie has been in news. However, I personally know at least a dozen people who have adopted. The children have come from America, China, Russia, Central America, and Hungary, just to name a few countries.
Could we view adoption as a way of using existing resources? Hmmm. Sound too sterile. I don’t know. I’ll have to ask my hairdresser what she thinks. They are anxiously waiting for the paperwork to go through so they can adopt their second girl from China (they are secretly hoping for twins)!
Sidenote: One of my favorite adoption stories is from friends of mine; Jim and Kim Derk. He wrote a book about their adventure in adopting SIX children from Hungary (yes…you read that right….six children over a span of four years…all from ONE couple), Hungarian Rhapsody. Great story and a great family.