Just wanted to add my 2 pence, in particular in relation to this concept of diminution.
As a father mainly but also a human that values family and close relationships, my view is that it is not fair and completely wrong to think that if we stop making children, we are doing something good for the planet.
This is the same way of thinking that we have been installed in our mind that pollution and resources exploitation is due only to the way we leave in the western world or better “non-natural” society.
It is true that if we change our consumption habits, it will have a strong impact but this does not mean that normal people should do everything, including not having children, to stop this climate change.
The fault does not lie only on the single or the family, in this instance, but mainly on the great exploiters.
I talk about big pollution activities (Coal, mining, fossil fuels extraction, use of any non clean energy) and in particular by the lobbying activity of those to stop progress.
We, as humans, have the capacities to solve this, to create a more equal society without the greed.
I personally reject the doom visions saying that we are viruses on our planet (Matrix movie style) and I think a more positive thinking should arise, especially in the more radical thinking parts of the society.
The main problem in my view are energy resources, this is what we would need to solve urgently.
Then I agree it is very difficult to teach the collectivity to not consume, to use the same clothes forever, to fix your electronics and whatever other items you own, instead of changing for the new model all the time; it is difficult to have people not buying products from big corporations that are polluting, exploiting, destroying communities, etc etc…but we will get there.
I believe that now, like ever before, the general awareness on climate and environmental problem is at its peak…