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evangeline lillyI don’t see a lot of babies here in my NYC bubble, but I’m reminded of just how baby crazy everybody is when I visit my hometown of Tampa, Florida.

Besides being mucho expensive, having a bajillion kids is pretty awful for the planet, and actress Evangeline Lilly wants people to chill out with the breeding.

Lilly believes that we have to stop having so many children if we want to protect the earth.  She says:

“For a very long time, I have had intentions to adopt. We have a huge population problem on Earth. We’re not going to protect the Earth the way we need to protect it if we don’t stop making so many babies.”

“I have always wanted to have a child of my own and I will always want to go through the gift that women have been given to experience that, so I hope to be a mother at some point. I think I can allow myself one child – and from then on, I think I would have to adopt. It makes sense not to add to the population problem.”

What do you think? Should people consider the planet before getting prego? Chime in and share your thoughts!


  • Chookooloonks

    “I have always wanted to have a child of my own and I will always want to go through the gift that women have been given to experience that, so I hope to be a mother at some point. I think I can allow myself one child – and from then on, I think I would have to adopt. It makes sense not to add to the population problem.”

    So, what, for the children she adopts, they WON’T be children ‘of her own’? She won’t be a mother to them?


    That’s funny, because I always thought my daughter *was* my own.

    • Gretchen

      I was just going to write the same thing. As an adoptive Mom I am so sick of people telling me how they want to adopt after having “one of their own”. Either they think adoption is some great charity work or a second choice after the “real thing”.

      Adoption is a way to build your family, nothing more, nothing less!

      • Marcina

        What about the kids who are adopted? Will they be loved “less” because they don’t contain the same DNA as the kids who aren’t adopted? How will the adopted kids feel about that?
        For those families that have adopted children: They are yours. You may not have squeezed em out of your loins, or grew them yourself but they are loved and they are FAMILY.

    • Esol Esek

      another catty female, what a suprise. Always good to have it confirmed that males aren’t the only competitive idiots on the planet. Heidi Klum calls herself a green and then goes and has 4 children. Props to Lilly for her personality and looks and brains enough not to have many kids. Funny that she’ll make the sacrifice all the women out there with no brains or money won’t.

  • SG

    I don’t think she meant harm in her statement. Maybe she didn’t say it in the sensitive way.
    I feel the same way she does . . . I am open to either way of having kids, and they will both be all mine.

  • Livin Veg

    My husband and I have always talked about having one biological child and then adopting. The population issue is a big deal and adding tons of kids to the planet when there are so many out there who need homes doesn’t make a lot of sense. As a woman, I’d like to go through the experience of birth and all the joys that go along with that. Perhaps that’s selfish. But after that, we’ll adopt and bring another child into our family.

    • Erica

      You think you’re selfish??? One of the reasons I want to adopt is to AVOID the experience of birth. But then again, I’m not at the age when I should be having children, so that’s a good think.
      I think the best choice to avoid unwanted pregnancy is birth control. You aren’t stressing the planet by adding to its population, you don’t have to face the painful decision of abortion, and the child is not born into a cruel and loveless world.
      Having a child that you want is one of the more greener decisions you can make. Here is a bright-eyed little human that will look up to everything you say. So don’t enforce anyone belief on them, but set a loving example for them, and teach them to love our planet, our wildlife, and our fellow human beings(black, white, straight, gay, christian, jewish, etc.)
      I agree about the Duggars. I think passing legislature that would limit family size is over-the-top but the least we can do is stop casting these families into the limelight and encourage overproduction.
      Sadly, people will do anything for a buck and their own lame reality TV show- Balloon Boy’s dad, the Duggars, the Gosselins, and Octomom.

  • deena

    Yes this is a major issue. We can’t hardly supply all the people now with food and water and heck.. jobs!
    The ‘one of her own’ statement probably meant biological. Of course if you go through the trouble of adopting you really love them as much.
    Then there’s the Duggar’s. What are they on like 20 kids now? They are self sufficient and all but I really don’t know what to think about that and how it contributes to our overpopulation problem. What if everyone did that??

  • EG

    I’m so happy to see someone in the spotlight speaking about this issue. I completely agree that people should consider the impact on our environment before having children. There are only so many resources available to us and it is important to remember this. It’s almost like Bob Barker telling us to spay and neuter our pets.

  • Capricorn

    The “children of my own” comment might have me the wrong way, too, but this is Evangeline Lilly we’re talking about here. She’s weird and she says weird sh*t all the time. But she’s a good person.

    And I agree with her sentiment, it’s time to cut back on the babymaking. It’s not like the human race is going to go extinct anytime soon. And there’s lots of oprhaned kids out there who need families of their own.

  • herwin

    you might take a hybrid car for “green reasons” but children aint cars and the only right reason for having a child is because you love the little bastards. i agree with Gretchen, to adopt a child isnt supposed to be charity work.
    overpopulation sure is a problem but baby booming is especialy happening in the poorer countries. so our decision to adopt wont have any significant effect. just do it because you want to offer a good and loving home not because of green reasons.
    what next ? only marry a small-sized parther because they eat less and have a smaller impact on the planet ?

    • Esther Verwoord

      Love this answer! So right…

      Raising conscious children is also important.To raise a conscious generation that will KNOW and FEEL the value of mother Earth and come up with new ideas for a sustainable future is one of the most important tasks for our generation to perform.

  • Rainbow Warrior

    this is a very reasonable idea but needs to be soooo strong because a mother loves always her own child most – that’s nature!

    • Livin Veg

      Um. That’s a terrible thing to say. I totally disagree and think you should talk to parents who have adopted. I think you’ll hear differently.

  • Jozelle

    Well Im F and I’m 19 y.o. I have personally felt the same way as Evangeline………..I would love to have one child through a birth experience but as much as I would love a child I had my own I think people really should look at all those who need families out there in this world………its not abotu “collecting” children obviously these are human beings and if your wanting to give them a home and love and things they may not be able to experince in there environment whats honestly wrong with that?………People talk abotu adopting liek that in itself is the worst thing a child can go through because they are being “robbed of there culture” ……….they may grow up with people who may not be of the same ethnic background sometimes but if anything its helping the world by exposing them to love and care for others from all backgrounds………we really do need to look at helping each other more and being empathetic and by far stop being selfish and the recession should hopefully be giving all of us a life lesson in general………in the end without the money and material possesions and if the world were to end today all you will have is FAMILY so no matter if there “bilogically” yours or not we are all human beings and that makes us one big family………

    • Jozelle

      BTW:Adopted children are all over the world have become successful in what ever choosen field they have went into including some celebrities are adopted.It is NOT a dirty word.If anythign it DOES show that a person is loved and cared for and about.

  • emma

    I also think it is important to adopt children from your own country. I know that adopting any child is great but I feel that we have to take care of our country’s chilren first. Also, in regards to interracial and interethnic adoptions I think it is important to remember that the child is different, will experience things differently and you may not understand, and that’s OKAY. I just dont want to see children devoid of their unique culture and ethnic identity. Although we are all the same, physically, culture is an important part of our makeup. I hope people understand what I’m trying to say. I’m not against multi-cultural families, I just want them to be embracing and not assimilating. :-D

  • beforewisdom

    According to the United Nations, the global population could be as high as 11 billion in 2050 or as low as 8 billion, if the right programs are put in place now.

    Population growth stretches natural resources to their limits. Deforestation, food and water shortages, and climate change are all intensified by the addition of nearly 80 million people a year to the world’s population.

    The current population of the Earth is about 6.9 billion people.

    From The Population Conneciton

  • Max Power

    Personally, I think this is the funniest and saddest ideology on the planet.

    Think about it……….in a few generations…………there be no one left to carry forward your insane views.

    Look at China! All those boys and no girls…….that’s gonna be fun to watch play out.

    India – good luck with that.

    Africa……….China already owns half of it!

    Personally, I’m tired of smug white people thinking they know better, and are better than the rest of the planet.

    I personally encourage as many white people as possible to follow this insanity to the letter! Maybe my grandchildren won’t have to deal with you.

  • Marcina

    That chick sounds like an idiot. I know people who have adopted their own kids and it’s like their own. What’s this “I wanna have my own baby” stuff? She just contradicted what she said!
    There’s more to parenting than just spreading your DNA around. Maybe she thinks it would be cool to have her own baby so she can have a carbon idiot mini version of herself.

  • Carmen

    The problem with Americans adopting children from impoverished nations is that we are giving these people a reason to continue to have more children than they can afford, because we pay them for the privilege of adoption! Adopting a Chinese baby, for example, has actually become a lucrative business for some women in China, at $15k-$20k a child.

    As long as we pay these third world mommies the equivalent of 3-4 years salary to pop out cute babies for Americans to buy, they will continue to do so. Ms. Lilly and other celebrities, need to think before they speak.

  • Anais

    I recycle, I buy organic products and produce and I compose and grow my own veg but I don’t think we should all have to adopt because there is insufficent education out in third world countries about birth control, I don’t think there is anything wrong or selfish about people who want to bring their own children into the world, and I think adoption is just as wonderful a way too, but I don’t think people should be guilted into it because of rising population numbers. I’m not ashamed to say I want to give birth to my own children and would be devestated if I didn’t and I’m not alone. I think celebrities need to get off their moral high horses and leave us to make our own informed decisions.

  • Sarah

    I think she is wrong here. You should look up what God thinks about having children. He says to be fruitful and multiply the earth. That being said, there is also nothing wrong with adopting a child either.
    And props to you anais, I couldn’t have put it better myself. Celebrities need to stop acting like they run the world. When in reality, they don’t have a clue what the “real” world is like.


    I think the white and black families should have one kid in each of their family. The asian family shouldn’t have any kids at all. they should stop making babies. The world is over populated with too many asian and not enough white and black, and hispanis people. Hope one day we will decrease the overpopulated earth with equal proportion of black,white,asian and hispanic.