I am the population problem | 7 billion: What to expect when you’re expanding—a special series | Grist
...actually the population problem is all about me: white, middle-class, American me. Steer the blame right over here.
Far and away the biggest contribution I can make to a cleaner environment is to not bring any mini-me's into the world. A 2009 study by statisticians at Oregon State University found that the climate impact of having one fewer child in America is almost 20 times greater than the impact of adopting a series of eco-friendly practices for your entire lifetime, things like driving a high-mileage car, recycling, and using efficient appliances and CFLs.