Someone, an anonymous person of course (which is just annoying, why not take credit for your beliefs?) mentioned one way of reducing my carbon footprint would be to not have so many kids.
First off, I don't think 5 is "so" many. 18? Yeah, that's so many. Talk to the Duggars.
Secondly, I know there is alot of "talk" on the Internet about how environmentally irresponsible it is to procreate, and couldn't we all save the world if we would just stop birthing? Well, yeah, obviously children do increase your use of resources. Um, but, who will we be saving the earth for if not the next generation? Oh, that's right, the plants and animals that make up the natural world. The humans can just die out since we are such abusers anyway. Nice theory, except that I think it goes against the natural human inclination towards survival.
And thirdly, I think it is much more responsible to raise five environmentally conscious children who will continue to take care of the earth, than 1 or 2 environmentally oblivious, socially inept children who feed the consumer machine. Know what I mean?