During his interview with Jane Goodall in Vogue, Prince Harry made a bit of a splash, and a slight dig at his brother, for saying that he and his wife Meghan Markle were planning on having only two children, due to climate change. Now the two have received a truly pointless award for their effort.
Population Matters, a group that “campaigns to achieve a sustainable population,” has now “praised the pair for their decision to keep their family small.
“In choosing and publicly declaring their intention to limit their family to two, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are helping to ensure a better future for their children and providing a role model for other families,” a spokesperson from the charity said.
“Having a smaller family reduces our impact on the Earth, and provides a better chance for all our children, their children and future generations to flourish on a healthy planet.
“We commend the Duke and Duchess for taking this enlightened decision, and for affirming that a smaller family is also a happy family.”
It’s unclear what’s more pointless, the charity’s decision to give the couple such an award or the couple’s decision to make it so public that they’ll be helping to save the planet through their sacrifice.
While there’s no doubt that human actions can have a negative environmental impact—however, not having enough children is also a huge problem.
From Germany and Italy to Japan, South Korea and China, the decision of couples and individuals not to have children is having a detrimental impact on economies all over the world and may result in a severe slump at some point.
And who’s to say that a child born within a family of six can’t reverse environmental impact and perhaps help clean up the ocean or create a fantastic sustainable battery that could allow cars to operate without gas? Or what if the earth is just currently going through a warm cycle and will eventually cool back down at some point?
Also, at least in the United States, Social Security would be completely sustainable if couples were having around four children instead of two or less.
I’m a consummate recycler, but I know that billions of others don’t. I understand that my urge to recycle is going to have a minimal impact.
An award like this is pointless, just like Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and supposed passion for the environment.
They claim that every family should only have two children, but they’re more than willing to damage the environment by flying on private jets, living and consuming energy in a mega mansion and using massive gas guzzling vehicles.
If Harry and Meghan were smart, they would publicly dismiss the award. Saving the planet is more about only having two children, but about living a clean life without hypocrisy.
And who’s to say if Harry will only stop at two. After all, he and Meghan are unlikely to make it through five years of marriage, so it’s possible his next wife may want one. Then what will Harry do.