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November 20, 2009

Tomorrow is National Adoption Day

Holding.hands Some say that the decision to have children is the most important environmental choice we make. Even though globally we’re having fewer children now than 50 or 100 years ago, we’re at about 6.8 billion people and set to pass 9 billion by 2050, assuming the trend of fewer babies continues.

If you're planning a family but are worried about our burgeoning numbers, you might want to think about adopting a child instead of having one the biological way. Tomorrow, Nov. 21, is National Adoption Day. Here in the U.S. and around the world, millions of babies and children are orphaned or abandoned; others are waiting in foster care for a permanent family. They all deserve happy, loving homes.

Wanting biological children is natural and good, and people who have children shouldn't be guilt-tripped about their choice. Adoption is a serious commitment, despite what those glossy pictures of Angelina Jolie and her adorable tykes in OK! magazine may lead us to believe. But if you're concerned about the environmental impact of adding more people to the planet, adoption is an option worth considering.

-- Année Tousseau

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