The phrase above is often quoted by millennials on social media. They sound like they’re kidding, but most of the time, they mean it because they think it’s not the right time to bring another human into the world.
Now, the phrase has taken a different meaning with the worsening climate situation.
Is this the world we want our kids to see? I want to have two kids in the future. The fact the economy isn’t great and we’re living in a world filled with dangerous leaders is enough to make me reconsider. But I don’t want a baby to not have the chance to live long enough due to climate change. It’s not a selfish decision. This is me being scared and somewhat protecting my non-existent children.
I’m obviously not alone in this. HuffPost cites that because of “eco-anxiety,” more women are deciding to not bring another life into the world. There are also teens and millennials who’ve joined movements like BirthStrike and #NoFutureNoChildren as part of their environmental activism.
Meanwhile, some have considered adopting kids amid the climate crisis. One mother tells HuffPost that she decided to take in children and use their existing resources in building a home for them, and not add to the world’s population. She adds this is her family’s way of reducing their carbon footprint.
On the other side of the discussion, there are still people who still encourage others to give birth. A “New York Times” op-ed emphasized that we should be raising more children to save the world. We agree that having children is a choice and we can’t dictate the decisions of those who want them, but we shouldn’t be complacent and put this pressure on the future generation to fix what the previous generations did to the planet.