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Sex and Sustainability: Reflections for My Son Nick

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Written by Roger-Mark De Souza forRH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.
This fall, world population will reach 7 billion people at a time of accelerated environmental disruption. This article part of a series commissioned by RH Reality Check and with Laurie Mazur as guest editor, to examine the causes and consequences of population and environmental change from various perspectives and the policies and actions needed to both avoid and mitigate the inevitable impacts of these changes. Here, Roger-Mark De Souza reflects on the world his son is inheriting.  All of the articles in this series can be found here.
“Are we going to talk about sex again?!” screamed my 12-year old son, Nick, as he ran down the stairs, away from me.  That was five years ago and I had just sat down with him to have one of our father-son talks, this time about sex and sustainability. Now Nick, a rising senior, is preparing for college at the same time as the global community is preparing for an important landmark of its own: the United Nations predicts that by October 31, world population will reach 7 billion. The confluence of these two events gives me reason to think about the world Nick is inheriting from my generation, and makes me consider what I can say to him as he heads off to college. Continue reading....