CNN recently did a profile of the group BirthStrike, which is comprised of some 300 people who refuse to have children because of, you guessed it, climate change.
This group has gotten some publicity because (who else?) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently posed the question to her Instagram followers: Is it still morally okay to have kids when the world is going to end in only 12 years? We’re not sure what the results of her informal poll were (skewed, no doubt, due to the intellectually-challenged demographic that actually tunes in to her Instagram channel), but the people of BirthStrike are clear about their answer: Absolutely not!
“I really want a kid,” one BirthStriker 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.”
This girl, 33-year-old British musician Blythe Pepino, says that the world is headed towards an “ecological Armageddon.” That disastrous future event inspired her to form BirthStrike last year.
“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,” reports CNN.
“You are gambling with someone else’s life,” said 29-year-old Cody Harrison. “If things don’t go well, that human is not going to have a very good life.”
To be fair, they’re probably not going to have a great life growing up under the tutelage of parents who think this way, so maybe these people are making the right choice.
But then, maybe these BirthStrikers are just reading the tripe coming out of left-wing think tanks like Australia’s National Centre for Climate Restoration. In a paper, cheerily titled “Existential Climate-Related Security Risk: A Scenario Approach,” the authors argue that the world may very well be completely doomed by 2050.
“35 percent of the global land area, and 55 percent of the global population, are subject to more than 20 days a year of lethal heat conditions, beyond the threshold of human survivability,” they write, predicting a dark future. “The scale of destruction is beyond our capacity to model, with a high likelihood of human civilization coming to an end.”
Well, at least 330 parents won’t have to worry about their children seeing that devastating conclusion to this beautiful human chapter of history. We’re sure they will be sighing with relief when doomsday comes. And if it doesn’t, maybe they can brag and take credit for averting disaster! After all, if you’re in for a penny, why not the whole pound.