Travis Rieder, a former postdoctoral fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, is featured in an in-depth piece on NPR that focuses on his population ethics scholarship.
Dr. Rieder, whose work at the KIE focused on launching and iterating its popular Introduction to Bioethics online course, is well-known for espousing a “small-family ethic” which takes seriously the colossal carbon-load implications of having children. The NPR piece highlights a recent publication co-authored with current KIE graduate fellow Colin Hickey and former KIE graduate fellow Jake Earl, as well as a reply to the piece by KIE Senior Research Scholar Rebecca Kukla.
The story, shared on popular podcast All Things Considered and aired nationally at a prime 4pm slot, focuses on a moral dilemma: how do we manage family size in a time of dangerous climate change?
Read and listen to the full story below:
Standing before several dozen students in a college classroom, Travis Rieder tries to convince them not to have children. Or at least not too many. He’s at James Madison University in southwest Virginia to talk about a “small-family ethic” – to question the assumptions of a society that sees having children as good, throws parties for expecting parents, and in which parents then pressure their kids to “give them grandchildren.”