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About once a month I make a trip home to enjoy a nice home-cooked meal On my most recent trek home it came up again the very thing that has become the bane of my existence While we were awaiting dinner the TV had been tuned into a series called 20 and Counting This particular program follows the lives of a family who has 20 children and counting It was during this moment my mother turned to me and asked Elizabeth when will you be having kids These repugnant words pierced my ears like daggers and left me with the overwhelming feeling of sickness Not because the idea of having kids sickened me or having to explain to her my reasoning again bothered me but I loathed breaking her heart How do you tell the woman who birthed you whose only opportunity of a biological grandchild is you that overpopulation is the reason you dont want to have kids Briefly I go over the plethora of reasons I did not want to have kids to which she replied Overpopulation is not a reason to forgo having a child I turned to here and looked her dead in the eyes and replied But it is and the cultural change behind it should be at the top of the global agenda A few years ago I had the privilege of caring for a woman named Ethel Ethel was 107 years old had been born in a horse and buggy and long before the modern conveniences of bras cars and radios Ethel had witnessed a lot in her lifetime and at the time of her birth in 1903 the Earths population was roughly 18 billion people and by the time of her death in 2010 the population was just shy of 7 billion If science stands correct it took over 70000 years for the Earths population to reach 1 billion people This means in the 100
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