1. I find a money incentive immoral (even if it works to a certain extent). It would be effective in a sense, but mainly for poor people whose footprint is not comparable to the consumerist class anyway.
2. Norms and morals need to change. Having children needs to be understood as a selfish act and not the opposite. Parents need to clearly understand that having more than one child means stresses the resources for the other one i.e. stealing from the future. This is connected to making parents in general aware of their responsibility towards their offspring and that driving them to soccer practice is not doing any good for them.
3. Feminism is a huge problem, since parenthood should not be understood as a personal choice but as a burden on society and non-human animals.
4. If monetary incentives are necessary, get men involved (already young men). Celebrate those men who get a vasectomy. And give something back (make sure it won’t be spent on buying a car) – conditional monetary incentive.
5. Education helps but has a huge time lag.
6. If we financially burden families with children, we probably end up burdening the children who are innocent.
7. Anything super effective might borderline human rights violations, but on the other hand future generations’ survival is at risk, so are we going for greater evil for the fear of doing something that seems inappropriate?
8. Fertility clinics need to be outlawed.
9. The psychological damage policies might cause needs to be balanced with the putative physical damage inertia costs.
I try to write a PhD on the possibility of a green democracy and an eco-meritocracy.
… and am grateful for any input.
Though I truly wish that democracy works and people were a little less selfish and not commodity fetishists, I fear that human nature is the core problems – at least tendencies in human nature.
There are two possible scenarios – both are top down in a sense.
1. The Likely: the catastrophe hits whole humanity (except the super rich) -this (unleashed natural) forces us to have less children and kills millions
2. Somehow somewhere a leadership emerges that practices a rational and consequentialist approach and implement policies that mitigate at least some of the otherwise inevitable.