JAYNE STEPHENS

IRELAND

'Overpopulation and overconsumption go hand in hand. The more people the more consumption, but it's not that simple, is it? Educating the younger generations on overconsumption is critical. Women will have children, it is a personal choice and motherhood is a magical thing, I imagine. Raising next generations that have the world's ecosystems as a priority will play a huge part in the reduction of consumption and population. That said, growing up in Ireland, around 20 years ago, family and kids were always in girls' minds as they play dolls and house. However, things are changing rapidly and unlike the generation before us, now many of my friends, women and men, are choosing not to have children. There is a shift happening, conversations of overpopulation and overconsumption are being had.

It is important to highlight the correlations between these choices, education and access to contraception I feel. These are privileges that not all women have. That is why I think these personal conversations are vital, to ensure that whatever women choose; they can do so having thought about it, knowing what options are available, what they want and not because of pressure or societal norms.'