In “Hope and futility neck and neck as first world (barely) takes on climate crisis” (all September editions of Southside Pride), it was suggested that people could mitigate the climate crisis by having no more than two children.
Two children? 7.8 billion people as status quo? The most effective decrease in consumption is having fewer children, one child at the most, and better if many had none, as a means to get down to a world population that can be sustainable with dwindling resources, and dwindling habitats for other species. Better for the population to crash by choice, relatively painlessly, than by crisis and the suffering that may bring.