18 Oct '11, 12am

Talking to my son about sex and sustainability

Talking to my son about sex and sustainability

Cross-posted from RH Reality Check . "Are we going to talk about sex again ?!" screamed my 12-year-old son, Nick, as he ran down the stairs, away from me. That was five years ago, and I had just sat down with him to have one of our father-son talks, this time about sex and sustainability. Now Nick, a senior, is preparing for college at the same time that the global community is preparing for its own important landmark: The United Nations predicts that on Oct. 31, world population will reach 7 billion. The confluence of these two events gives me reason to think about the world Nick is inheriting from my generation, and makes me consider what I can say to him as he heads off to college. This world of 7 billion I try to get my head around it. It's a world of 7 billion people. With greater connectivity than I could have ever dreamed possible. A world of widening disparities an...

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