Maybe One is more about the concept of having only one child per family, than a sanctimonious sermon on the perils producing more than that lone baby will have on the world. Understandably the implications of overpopulation for the planet's resources isn't something the average American cries into his Cheerios about every morning, but Maybe One argues that we must start thinking about family size and stop thinking of population as an "abstract issue" that has no bearing on our lives. McKibben produces compelling if not controversial arguments for curbing the U.S. population explosion, a population which he believes could grow by at least 50 percent by the year 2050 to possibly 400 million people. That's a lot of mouths to feed, fuel to burn, and waste to dispose! McKibben's arguments are a mixture of the highly personal (he speaks in great detail of his decision to have a vasectomy) to the highly global (McKibben cites scary statistics about the greenhouse effect, species extinction, soil erosion, and food shortages). He is particularly passionate about "only children" and that it really is okay to have just one child, arguing that only children are often more intelligent and confident than their multiple-sibling friends.
Like in The End of Nature an earlier McKibben book concerned with man's catastrophic contribution to the greenhouse effect, McKibben urges us in Maybe One to really think about our relationship with the earth. He writes, "No decision any of us makes will have more effect on the world (and on our lives) than whether to bear another child." Prophetic words, but words many parents will find difficult by which to abide. --Naomi Gesinger --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Todays family with more than one child is the very family who succumbs to guilt buying.
A book with a child on the front cover, titled "Maybe One" and sub-titled "A Case for Smaller Families" should contain some information pertaining to families.
Humans probably will find a way around most if not all of the limitations on human growth and continued happiness.
Every compassionate person who thinks about the welfare of future generations has had the thought that if our planet has limited resources and a growing population, we'll run out... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anomaly
The human impact on the environment, says McKibben, is population x affluence x technology. The optimists in our society believe that technology is the solution, and things like... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Paolo & Francesca
Bill McKibben being the fine writer that he is, lays out a strong case for having one child families. In other less skillful hands, this could be tedious, but not in BM's. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Marshall Glickman
I bought this book because I had doubts about just having one child. It talks about the environments and how lowering the population will help the planet. Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by L
While this book may contain a wealth of information about climate change, population explosion, and other environmental calamaties that will take hold in the near future - it is... Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by Cdeacon
The subject of McKibben's book--overpopulation and the consideration of voluntarily limiting family size to one child--is a sensitive issue that often comes fraught with emotion. Read morePublished on November 11, 2009 by MollyKanHas
Bill McKibben writes a fair book which looks at having smaller families in the sense that the individual still has their right to choose. Read morePublished on November 11, 2009 by Jason Leimer
Certainly, I am not making my reproductive choices based off of one book, but it has helped lifted fear from me of wanting just to have one child (a decision we are making for our... Read morePublished on October 9, 2009 by JKB
McKibben sensitively and intelligently examines the importance and impact of potentially having one child rather than more - or rather than none. Read morePublished on July 23, 2009 by Jeremy Garber