On most days, people around the world admire the footprints of David Beckham. The supertalented British soccer star's maneuvers around and over flummoxed defenders populate many a YouTube video.
But for several years, Beckham and his family have been the targets of what the British charmingly call "campaigners" on global warming. These critics charge that the globe-traveling Beckhams' carbon footprint is a bane on human existence. And now they have fresh fuel for their furor: the birth of David and Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham's fourth child.
The news of another Beckham baby sent Simon Ross, head of Britain's Optimum Population Trust, into a tizzy. "The Beckhams, and others like London Mayor Boris Johnson, are very bad role models with their large families," Ross huffed. "There's no point in people trying to reduce their carbon emissions and then increasing them 100 percent by having another child."