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The people refusing to have kids, because of climate change

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Climate change is rapidly changing the environment we live in. But how far would you be willing to go to help save the planet?

Would you skip school? Eat pig’s feet? Deliberately get arrested? How about forgo having kids?
For 33-year-old British musician Blythe Pepino the latter is a reality. Her fears about climate change are so strong she has decided not to have biological children.
“I really want a kid,” she told CNN. “I love my partner and I want a family with him but I don’t feel like this is a time that you can do that.”
Pepino believes that there will be an “ecological Armageddon” and founded BirthStrike at the end of 2018. BirthStrike is a group of people who are declaring their decision not to have kids because of climate change.
So far, over 330 people have joined, of which Pepino estimates 80% are women.

‘Inheriting a world worse than ours’

The BirthStrikers have decided they can’t bring children into a world where scientists predict climate change will bring bigger wildfires, more droughts, and food shortages for millions of people.
In 2018, the UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned the planet only has 11 years to prevent catastrophic climate change.
“You are gambling with someone else’s life,” said Cody Harrison, a 29-year-old who recently joined the group. “If things don’t go well, that human is not going to have a very good life.”
“When climate change gets worse, it multiplies other things. It’s like dominoes that are falling,” said Lori Day, another member of BirthStrike. “It goes beyond sea level rise and storms. It affects food production, migration, resources and war.”
BirthStrike is one of a number of groups around the world that are questioning the ethics of having children in a warming world. Conceivable Future, a network of women in America, was founded in 2015 to bring awareness to “the threat climate change poses to reproductive justice,” although that group’s members haven’t discounted having children.
“The data says there’s a ticking clock,” said Josephine Ferorelli, a co-founder of the group. “The 11-year window more or less approximates a lot of our reproductive windows as well.
“What kind of harm will a hotter and more painful world inflict on my child? Nobody has the answers for that,” she said.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a news conference unveiling the Green New Deal resolution, February 7, 2019.

In March, US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told her 3 million Instagram followers, “there’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult… is it still ok to have children?”

More children, more emissions

In addition to fears surrounding the quality of life for future generations, some BirthStrikers don’t want to have children because of the extra emissions that their kids, and their descendants, will produce.
Population Matters, a UK-based charity that boasts David Attenborough as a patron and aims to achieve a “sustainable human population,” argues that as the population increases, so will carbon emissions and and loss of tropical forests, as well as other environmental impacts.
By 2030, the UN estimates there will be around 8.5 billion people on the planet and by 2100, there could be as many as 11 billion.
Currently, the World Bank estimates the average person emits 5 tons of carbon dioxide a year.
Most of the world’s projected population growth will be in developing countries, but developed nations have much higher average CO2 emissions. The average American emits 15.6 metric tons per year, while Sri Lanka and Ghana emit less than one ton per capita.

Consumption, not population?

So, should everyone in industrialized countries consider having fewer children, to reduce emissions? It might not be that simple.
A 2014 study concluded that reducing the human population is “not a quick fix for environmental problems.” Using models, it found that even a worldwide one-child policy would give a global population of around 7 billion by the end of the century — much the same as today’s population.
The scientists concluded that although reducing population “might benefit our great-great-great-great grandchildren,” it is not a short-term “elephant in the room” solution.
Instead, the study suggests society should focus on reducing the carbon footprint we already have and limiting per-capita consumption.
“If everyone consumes the way the US did, we would need another four to six earths,” said Meghan Kallman, co-founder of Conceivable Future. “It’s not actually about the number of people. It’s how those people consume.”
“From a carbon perspective, one baby more one baby less, the way that you approach it as an individual has no significant impact whatsoever,” said Ferorelli. “It’s about why it is so carbon intensive in the West to have a child in the first place.”

The opportunity cost of a child

Both BirthStrike and Conceivable Future are quick to say that they do not endorse coercive population control methods or judge anyone for having children.
Nor should the groups be conflated with the anti-natalist movement, the philosophy that it’s morally wrong to procreate, because of the suffering that comes with life.
“I try not to judge anybody for their own choices,” said Harrison. “Once I’m ready I’d like to adopt.”
Day even wondered whether a child that is due to be born could be the child who solves the climate crisis.
“Sometimes I wonder, what if Greta Thunberg’s mother had not wanted to have children because of climate change?” said Day, referring to the 16-year-old girl who has inspired youth climate protests worldwide, after staging a sit-in outside the Swedish parliament every Friday.

Creating political action

For the groups, their declarations are less about individual actions and more about a collective effort to prompt political change.
“I did have a sneaky feeling that it was going to rock the boat of certain patriarchal groups,” said Pepino. “I wanted it to freak people out and I think that it has.”
Pepino said that there had been a “violent backlash” online after an interview she did on Fox News, but says now there is a lot more solidarity.
“Knowing that there are people out there who feel the same way helps us come together and say something really politically powerful,” said Kallman. “This is a huge freaking problem and we need to solve it right now.”
The groups also hope to channel the energy they would have used to raise children into activism and rebellion.
“I am in a position to be an activist,” said Pepino. “It’s a stronger calling than motherhood, even though I still mourn the idea.”
“Now is the time to create the disruption and bring the system to its knees because it is just ignoring it,” she said.
“Every day that we don’t act is another day that more people will die, more species will become extinct and more likely we will be heading to a completely uninhabitable planet.”

16 Comments on "The people refusing to have kids, because of climate change"

  1. DMyers on Wed, 5th Jun 2019 9:37 pm 

    If these people don’t want babies, because they are so selfish and won’t sacrifice the time, they should be made to have a baby. At the point of a gun!

    Someone’s gotta pay my Social Security, whether they like it or not, and even if they wish they had never been born.

  2. Cloggie on Thu, 6th Jun 2019 2:22 am 

    This is her:

    The title should read: WHITE people refuse to have children. Climate change is a pretext, escapism the true reason. Children are too much trouble and a hindrance for hedonism, consumerism and the next world trip. There are many reasons for this development… free sex –> feminism, careers, no-future syndrome because of all these ever increasing numbers of threatening colored faces around you. But also snow-flake-ism as a result of over-comfort. This not just in the West but also in Japan, that entirely has stopped breeding. Even the thought of having unhygienic sex makes the snow flakes there nervous, Yuk.

    It is time for a good reset of society. Like initiated by a massive financial crash. The problem of this society is over-employment, not un-employment. As long as one single woman still has a job rather than her sitting in the sun in the garden with a child on her lap, for what she is designed to do, this society is still sick to the core.

    Patience my friends, patience. For that we need to demolish the libtard empire first, before we can turn to the right in a fashion that would make silly Dolfie

    Reactionary archaism is the future. Antiquity, not feeble Christianity.

    And of course das Mutterkreuz needs to return:

  3. forbin on Thu, 6th Jun 2019 3:57 am 

    uh oh here we go again – a re-run of ” I’m not having a baby because we’re all gonna die in a nuclear war ” syndrome.


    Both BirthStrike and Conceivable Future are quick to say that they do not endorse coercive population control methods or judge anyone for having children.

    but they do and have , thats why the publicity …..

    15 minutes of fame is now 5 minutes as the world is more crowded now


    PS: if they really really think having children is selfish then asking their parents for PNA might be the answer …. ( selfish parents? really ? )

  4. Davy on Thu, 6th Jun 2019 4:55 am 

    I am glad I have kids. When SHTF and the world becomes tougher I may have kids to help me around the farm. It’s their option but the farm is here for them to find a sanctuary from collapse. This is if we are lucky enough to have a collapse that is manageable. My kids are happy to be alive and they are not whining. All the childless fucks on this site whining about kids don’t understand that families will make a return once populations decline. Once the global world order declines enough populations with decline along with economic abilities IOW we will be poor and doing more things by hand. People and places that can will respond with families because families are the core of local economics. Old white guys that bitch about families will be dead because there will be nobody to take care of them.

  5. JuanP on Thu, 6th Jun 2019 4:57 am 

    I wish I had kids but I had myself fixed because I don’t want to pass on bad genes. I have Asperger syndrome and chronic depression so I am a bad seed.

  6. More Davy Identity Theft on Thu, 6th Jun 2019 7:16 am 

    JuanP on Thu, 6th Jun 2019 4:57 am

  7. Dredd on Thu, 6th Jun 2019 7:49 am 

    Reminds me of the song lyrics:

    You’ve thrown the worst fear
    That can ever be hurled
    Fear to bring children
    Into the world

    For threatening my baby
    Unborn and unnamed
    You ain’t worth the blood
    That runs in your veins

    (Masters of War).

  8. Sissyfuss on Thu, 6th Jun 2019 9:42 am 

    I decided not to have children back in the early 70s after Erlich and Bartlett explained the exponential function. As the world grows less hopeful and more disastrous people will continue to have children because they need meaning in their lives to replace the dystopia they cannot escape. Bringing 80 million plus more humans onto this beleaguered orb yearly is madness when viewed from a macro sense but from a one to one perspective it is a natural and loving active. Like the lag in emissions effects on the biosphere, following ones biological imperatives blinds one to the fate that awaits us all.

  9. greenAOCthemuzzieloverALAfmr on Thu, 6th Jun 2019 9:47 am 

    Green is muzzie color and ABC tweeted 25 quadrillion time on nz but 1 – 1 on siri planks. Our resident yard thinks women are animals which consistantly muzzie sharia. Muzzie killed whitey animal asked for 2 week light duty each yeat.

  10. Antius on Thu, 6th Jun 2019 10:54 am 

    Hedonistic, shallow libtard kidults, don’t want to have kids because it might mean sharing their time, money and life with their offspring, instead of attending to their own selfish pleasures. But, being the shallow cause junkies that they are; they decide to blame their own failure to start a family on some obscure politicised issue like ‘climate change’.

    Where did all the grownups go?

  11. Duncan Idaho on Thu, 6th Jun 2019 12:16 pm 

    It is somewhat of a moot question.
    More offspring will hasten the extinction, but it will be a extinction, none the less.
    Not an exception- just quicker than the 99%+ that have become extinct.

  12. Anonymouse on Fri, 7th Jun 2019 2:33 am 

    Hey, I got a job your ‘kids’ can do around your ahem, ‘farm’ exceptionalturd. They can start by hauling away all the old sofas, rusted abandoned cars, refrigerators, tires, and all the other garbage laying around your make believe ‘farmstead’. Once they clear away at least some of assorted trash you’ve had neither the time, or inclination to clean yourself, what with your full-time on-line moderating job here at, only then would you even consider trying to grow anything edible on that horror story ‘farm’ you keep yammering on about.

    Really though, that should be YOUR job delusion davy, not something you foist off on anyone unfortunate enough to be related to you, however remotely. So, with that sage advice in mind, how about you take a long vacation from the internet and, get a head start on clearing away at least, the upper layer of garbage and weeds on the ‘farm’. Might do you some good to experience that magical place known as ‘outside’. Even if your outside is something of a shithole.

    You should get on that, like now. Dumbass.

  13. makati1 on Fri, 7th Jun 2019 3:23 am 

    Anon, he may be busy trying to build a raft. I understand that his neighborhood is getting some extra water theses days. Rivers overflowing their banks again and again. Can’t be good for that marijuana garden behind the outhouse. Can’t even keep a fire going under the still. The “exceptional country” is getting exceptionally wet, for now. Drought by July? We shall see.

  14. Davy on Fri, 7th Jun 2019 5:14 am 

    “I understand that his neighborhood is getting some extra water theses days.”

    Rain is better than the drought you are getting makato. LOL

  15. Malcom on Fri, 7th Jun 2019 10:06 am 

    All what is going to happen is that those more thoughtful even if misguided peoples who “care” will exterminate their genes and mindless mobs will breed like Hutus and Tutsis.
    The end game will be similar like there.

  16. Duncan Idaho on Sat, 8th Jun 2019 8:10 am 

    Baby red necks as the world burns—–
    Has kinda of a ring to it.

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