The Observer in London at the weekend reported on concerns by Simon Ross, Chief Executive of UK-based Optimum Population Trust, saying that David Beckham’s family of four are a bad role model from an environmental perspective.
“We need to change the incentives to make the environmental case that one or two children are fine but three or four are just being selfish, “ Ross told the Observer. “The Beckhams, and others like London mayor Boris Johnson, are very bad role models with their large families. There’s no point in people trying to reduce their carbon emissions and then increasing them 100% by having another child.”
Images of the Family are changing, reflecting different kinds of family – single parent families, blended families (new families with children from previous marriages). Historically, larger families were an economic necessity as much as anything else – poverty and lack of medical help meant greater infant mortality. And parents needed children to take care of them in their old age.
But with increased environmental awareness perhaps there will be a social stigma attached to the image of large families. So teh image of charming kids up top may represent for population experts an apocalyptic image. Or consider the photo of the family below. An affecting image of an ecologically-aware family? Or environmental vandals ushering the planet towards climate chaos? As debate over the environment evolves its clear that the image of family will take on new meanings.
The image of family is changing, view new images of family here