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Mary Kenny

One-child families sure way to a lonely planet

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Brotherly rift: Prince Harry (left) and Prince William fell out

Brotherly rift: Prince Harry (left) and Prince William fell out

Brotherly rift: Prince Harry (left) and Prince William fell out

Do you care about the planet? Don't we all? Well, one lobby supporting environmental causes is the One Planet, One Child glossy billboard campaign now flourishing across Canada and parts of the US and aiming for a more global impact. One Planet, One Child urges couples - the pictures show a conventional male-female couple - to limit their family to one child.

Climate change, traffic congestion, pollution, the degradation of the earth and the decline in mammals, birds and fish species - even wars - are all down to this culprit: overpopulation.

"The best gift you can give your first child is not to have another," is one message. "Conservation begins at contraception," says another, showing a snuggling couple. "Congestion begins at conception," says another, showing a hellish traffic jam - messages all sponsored by the World Population Balance campaign.