Oh, baby! Fears of so-called “climate change” or another environmental disaster are prompting some women to band together to refuse to bear children.
About 60 people have already joined a new group calling itself “BirthStrike,” consisting of folks “too concerned by the consequences of ecological collapse to have children.”
BirthStrike says it is both a statement and a solidarity group.
“I’m terrified. Our planet is in a kind of collapse,” Blythe Pepino, 33, told the BBC regarding why she founded the group.
“The natural world is collapsing around us and that’s actually happening right now. And I’m so disappointed by the response by authorities to this crisis, and so freaked out by it. Everything I’ve read that basically last year I came to the decision that I couldn’t bring a child into that.”
On her website, Pepino, a singer by trade, explains:
“I do have a partner and would like to have children with him. We’re really in love and it feels like the right thing to do.”
“But last year I read the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and I realized how wrong it would be to bring a child into a world on the brink of catastrophe. Now we are looking for other women and men who feel the same way to join us.”
Blythe Pepino and Alice Brown discuss BirthStrike on BBC:
“It’s a very hard emotional message to decide not to have kids but I hope it might break through the fear and diffidence that surrounds this subject. There is a powerful cognitive dissonance around climate – our everyday lives seem normal but we are talking about a major destructive event.”
Alice Brown of Bristol, England, was among the first to join.
“I am depressed every day because of the ecological crisis and I’m terrified of passing this burden on to a child,” she explained. “There could be 10 percent of nature left when my child is growing up. That is incredibly dangerous. We’re already at tipping point and I can’t see a safe world for children.”
She continued: “I cannot pass this danger, uncertainty, depression and darker world onto someone else. I am so unhappy in the society we’ve created, where we are just destroying everything that keeps us alive – spearheaded by our ‘leaders,’ a delusional system and upside down priorities.
“I cannot imagine how scared our kids are going to be. I’m gutted to not be able to start my family, and I resent that our self-destruction and planetary destruction all for greed and ‘economic growth’ has stopped me from doing this. I’m 24 and instead of dreaming about my career and family, I’m burdened with the disease we’ve created. My decision not to have a child I truly feel is a necessity not a choice.”
An interview with Alice Brown:
BirthStrike has its own declaration, which reads:
“We, the undersigned, declare our decision not to bear children due to the severity of the ecological crisis and the current inaction of governing forces in the face if this existential threat. Insecurity of future, despair at our species’ relationship to our habitat and each other, channelling time into activism and rebellion, are all common motivations.”
Its messaging includes statements such as:
- “There is a growing group of people who are too scared to have children because of ecological Armageddon.”
- “We are on course for ‘no future’ and our Government is steering us there.”
- “We have been abandoned by our leadership to committing species-wide suicide via lawless economics and business.”
Just last week, as WND reported, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., publicly wondered: “Is it OK to still have children?”
“Our planet is going to face disaster if we don’t turn this ship around.”
“And so it’s basically like, there is a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult and it does lead, I think young people, to have a legitimate question. Ya know, should — is it OK to still have children?”
She continued: “Not just financially because people are graduating with 20, 30, 100 thousand dollars of student loan debt so they can’t even afford to have kids in the house, but there’s also just this basic moral question, like, what do we do?”
“And even if you don’t have kids, there are still children here in the world and we have a moral obligation to them to leave a better world to them.”
Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh took note of the congresswoman’s dire predictions, and said: “She just keeps spewing this stuff and there’s nobody to tell her, ‘No.’”
“She routinely demonstrates her ignorance. I’m not calling it stupidity, although — I’m not. I’m gonna chalk it up to ignorance,” Limbaugh continued.
“She is tremendously deficient in terms of, I think, maturity development and intellectual development because she gets these accolades and star-status treatment, there’s no reason for her to continue to grow.”
“She’s out there using this junior junior-high-school-student voice proclaiming all kinds of dire circumstances. It really is like listening to a child.”