A slew of controversial billboards and posters have hit the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia, urging passersby to have just one child—or none at all—in the name of combating overpopulation and climate change.
The ads, created by environmentalist organization World Population Balance, promote the normalization of small or childless families, according to 680 News.
Placed at several public bus stops and high traffic areas in the city, the ads read, “We Chose One!” “We Chose Childfree!” or “The most loving gift you can give your first child is to not have another.”
Controversial billboards and transit ads are up around #Vancouver, encouraging child-free and single-child families. Find out more about the group behind the ads and how people are reacting on @CityNewsVAN at 6. @NEWS1130 @BT_Vancouver pic.twitter.com/BCRihXRXix
— Miranda Fatur (@MirandaFatur) September 24, 2020
On the organization’s website for the ad campaign, it explains that its goal is to “educate that overpopulation is a root cause of resource depletion, species extinction, poverty, and climate change.”
“The world is overpopulated. There’s a solution: one planet, one child,” the site declares.
“It’s really a sensitive subject. People are reluctant to talk about it. So I fully expect a range of reactions,” Dave Gardner, executive director of World Population Balance, told CTV News.
While Gardner claims the group does not necessarily support government intervention in restricting family size, he urges couples to consider the environmental impact of having more than just one child.
“We want couples around the world to be able to make free decisions but fully informed,” he said. “And right now, it’s surprising how many people are not aware of overpopulation and not aware how easy it is to solve it because we’ve been afraid to talk about it.”
Can you imagine placing such a massive burden on yourself as saving the planet? This is the despair and insanity the world is condemned to outside of the peace and rest found only in the arms of our sovereign Lord.
Surely, we are to be good stewards of the magnificent creation into which we’ve been placed, but we elevate ourselves to pitiful godhood if we believe it is our task to “save” the planet—especially by denying ourselves the God-given blessing of children.
Weep for the idolatry of this world; plead for these hard-hearted planet saviors to turn to the One who holds all the world in His hands.
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