During the climate summit in Copenhagen, the Times interviewed two British families. By assessing the different carbon footprints of the two families, I hope to explore the question: Is climate change a problem of overpopulation or a problem of excessive resource consumption?
The United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen, for the first time, blamed the large families with large populations because of global pollution problems. According to the United Nations Population Fund, the world’s population will grow by 2 billion over the next 40 years. If we have fewer children and we will control the population growth to less than one billion people by 2050, then we can save 2 billion tons of carbon per year.
These numbers are really hard to imagine. So, I went to interview two families of different sizes in the UK and wanted to see if their carbon footprint was very different depending on the family size. The two families are a family of three and a family of eight.