Is it wrong to have kids in an age of climate change?
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Is it wrong to have kids in an age of climate change?

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With the threat of climate crisis looming, a recent NPR story asked if we have a moral duty not to have children. Some say people should stop having children altogether: the planet is so overpopulated, and producing offspring is pretty much the worst thing you can do for the environment. Others argue children are the biggest reason to stop climate change. We can't just give up on the planet or on future generations. What do you think? 👶 🔥

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A recent New York Times article says that this generation's decision on whether or not to have kids is definitely being impacted by the planet's precarious future.

There is a sense of being saddled with painful ethical questions that previous generations did not have to confront. Some worry about the quality of life children born today will have as shorelines flood, wildfires rage and extreme weather becomes more common. Others are acutely aware that having a child is one of the costliest actions they can take environmentally.

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“I don’t want to give birth to a kid wondering if it’s going to live in some kind of ‘Mad Max’ dystopia.”

Others say the fear-mongering about the choice to have children is wildly inappropriate.

It’s hard to imagine anyone deciding not to have children, fighting millions of years of evolution — and the irresistible adorableness of Baby Gap clothing — because they truly believe the “end of the world as we know it” is less than a generation away.

But environmentalists clap back: the people ridiculing the genuine ethical dilemma of whether or not to bring more people into the world are the ones with their heads in the sand. These questions aren't fear-mongering, they're an attempt to face reality.

Still, the idea of being afraid to have children because of climate change is seen as ridiculous by some.

But the science is indisputable. No one can predict the future perfectly, but the planet does not have enough resources to support the people who are here, let alone the billions that are predicted to arrive. It doesn't look good, and people who take alarming environmental truths into consideration when deciding whether or not some family are not crazy to do so.

The UN warns bluntly that world population, now well over seven billion 'has reached a stage where the amount of resources needed to sustain it exceeds what is available'. The annual population increase of over 80 million equates to a city for 1.5 million people having to be built, somewhere, every week—with, inevitably, ever more greenhouse gas emissions and the continuing destruction of forests and wetlands, with their multiple habitats for the web of life on which all species depend.

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This is not exactly a bundle of laughs, yet it is solidly evidence-based, as any impartial scientific observer will attest. Those who are not so impartial routinely prefer to ‘shoot the messenger’ or behave like an ostrich.
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