EO examines birth and one-child policies

Three speakers from EO examined Thursday night in This is the problem whether it is such a good idea that the Pope in his Christmas speech called for more children. Bringing a child into the world costs so much CO2 emissions that you are more environmentally and climate conscious if you drive a Hummer, fly a few times a year and eat a lot of meat as long as you remain childless. After the escape and meat comb, EO introduces the concept of stomach shame, and Tijs van den Brink will ask pregnant women and young mothers at the nine-month fair in RAI if it sometimes bothers them. Just a while, little one, but still. Can I hear an EO host talk about children to take† I have been sent to my room for less. You will have children, Tijs, you will know if.

Kefah Allush, meanwhile, is sitting at the kitchen table with a couple who are so worried about the climate that they do not want a gas stove, refrigerator and certainly no children. She finds it “morally reprehensible” to expose a child to the chaos that is guaranteed to come, he is more concerned with sustainability. “The more people, the more emissions.” Margje Fikse visits the Geerts family, eight children, five motorcycles and two cars. Annemarie, the mother of the house, laughs heartily at the accusation that she is “a natural disaster.” No, no one says it to her face, but she hears the whisper in the schoolyard.

Demographer Jan Latten (0 children) says that ‘we’ in the Netherlands with our 1.6 children on average are below the compensation level. If we want to maintain the number of Dutch, we need more new ones. Paul Gerbrands (3 children) from the ‘club of ten million’ now thinks that four million people in the world are more than enough. A nice cross-section of possible opinions, but the viewer does not get a solution to the question of ‘more or fewer children’. Impossible, the demographer said, to come up with a goal for the entire planet.

This child should not have been there

A measure for a country can be disastrous. In 1979, the one-child policy was introduced in China, and Louis Yi Liu was born in 1986. An illegal child, his parents already had a daughter. It was a coincidence that EO also released its documentary on Thursday night Four trips broadcast? Armed with a camera, Yi Liu, who now lives in Amsterdam, visits his parents in China. In Beijing, he turns his parents’ shabby apartment upside down in the hunt for the picture, where his existence is still hidden under his mother’s swollen jacket. They traveled for three days and three nights to their hometown in northeastern China to feed relatives. The family did not dare. She returned three days and three nights on the train. For seven weeks they wandered in search of a safe place. We are not told where he was born. His arrival, however, was punished with seven sentences for his father and a fine of three years’ salary.

With the help of his sister, Yi Liu breaks into the frozen grief of his parents. His father breaks down, his mother is not yet. She walks away, silent, saying it was “stupid” to take him and get him “wrong decision”. Only when he forces her to talk about his first deceased son does she say that Yi Liu is there because the other was no longer there. He drowned in a pool, not even two years old.

Yi Liu also films his French girlfriend. She says she does not want children. She gives no reason. He might want it, but in ten years. That conversation they had ten years ago. Now they are 41. And? No children. Why not? Well. There is not one answer.

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