This topic idea comes courtesy of Angelique, thank you!
During the "Ask the Duggars" someone invariably asks the one question I dread most...not "are you going to have more kids," or "how do you handle laundry," or even "how do you handle meal times..." while we're all sick and tired of hearing those questions, and the many more that get repeated ad nauseaum, here's the one that makes me want to scream and throw a tantrum: "What do you think about the carbon footprint you and your family are leaving for future generations?"
Why does this bother me so much? There are many reasons, but the first reason is this: it's an elitist question; an "I'm better than you and you don't deserve to live on this planet while my family does." The people asking this question over and over and who make this argument on blogs and message boards over and over say they only have 2 kids and the Duggars are taking up the earth's resources that could be used for their children. Excuse me?? Why are their children any better and more important than the Duggar children? First of all, taking away the environmental component of the question, what it boils down to, is that these people are saying that because they only have 2.5 children, they somehow deserve the earth's resources before the Duggars do because they are somehow more prudent and wise. Elitist crap.
Ok now let's bring back the environmental component back in and discuss just how the Duggars do reduce their "carbon footprint," if in fact there actually is one. First of all, they buy as many things used as possible. Things most people would be throwing out and would be buying from new materials, the Duggars are buying used. The Duggars also heat their huge house with wood from their own land. They carpool--rarely do they go places with just one person in the car--how many of you can say that?
To be fair there are some things they do that do bother me. They do use paper plates and paper napkins. With their industrial washer they could do a load of dishes in 3 minutes. When they first moved in, Michelle said they were using regular plates and using the industrial machine, but after a few days they switched to paper plates. I'm guessing with so many kids it is probably easier--breakage? Once they are older it would be nice to have them using proper plates and washing them--they have wood-heated water so what's the big deal with washing?
So the Duggars do deserve to be here just as much as anyone else does. When you start to ask that question, you start to open a Pandora's box that gets scary. Who deserves the earth's resources and who doesn't? Do you really want to start asking that question? I don't think you do.