According to a recent article in Mother Jones, "As many as one in six children nationwide has a neurodevelopmental disability, including autism, speech and language delays, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder." (http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/12/children-baby-pollution-development-brain?page=1) ONE in SIX. 1 in 6. We see that this is happening. We know it is happening. Well, I shouldn't actually jump to conclusions. We SHOULD know it's happening.
|"Schools and day-cares are typically built on the cheapest land, often next to highways. That's where developing lungs are, and susceptible kids."|
With awareness building, we will surely get a handle on it and get better. We don't know how long that is going to take. Also, the 1 in 6... what of them? Until we do get a handle on it, isn't the more responsible, logical thing to do is to, oh, I don't know, maybe not have as many children? Think for a little? Not risk it? "It won't happen to MY baby." The mathematical odds are actually against us. But because the issue of children is an emotional one, that doesn't seem to matter. No one is supposed to tell anyone else that maybe it's a good idea to stop at one. That could be seen as impinging on someone's rights. No one has to come up with a good reason to HAVE a child. They just have them.
I do not want it to, but I fear things are going to get much worse before they get much better. The BPA that we didn't catch for awhile... the carcinogens that are here... the mercury, the oil spills, the pesticides, the antibiotics... these things are here and have gone on unchecked for a long time. We could stop polluting today (well, we could but we won't, so... there's that...) and STILL have these environmental issues for decades.
Here's the thing: Mother Nature always wins. Always. If we don't find a way to stop torturing her and stop ignoring her and get back into living in harmony with her, she'll go ahead and deal with us herself. It could be what is already happening.
I hope I am wrong. I suspect I am not. We have a choice: we can cool it and save some huge amounts of suffering, focus on quality not quantity, or we can go on unchecked until we ALL have to suffer. I made my choice.