I bring up this question today because recently I’ve been seeing news articles on this very topic. Should we be having kids in the age of climate change?
Some are saying ‘no’ to having kids because they would rather not bring another life to Earth that will soon see the horror of climate change.
What do you think about that?
I mean I grew up, and maybe you did too, with the assumption that having kids was good. And then we should all persuade our kids to have children as well to continue the cycle. “GO FORTH AND MULTIPLY” is what the saying is I do believe. But these words do not hold true anymore.
We are living in a very different world than 1000 years ago and even 50 years ago. Dangerous climate change is already beginning to happen. If we continue “business as usual” just think of what this world will be like in 20 years.
It is predicted by 2040, that Carbon Dioxide levels in the atmosphere will be almost 500ppm. This has been predicted on a medium population growth. If the world population continues to grow just as fast as it currently is, the part per million will be much higher.
The more Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere the warmer earth will be. And that brings a whole slew of horrible things. For instance, less ice and snow, fewer glaciers, more droughts, more floods, more fires, higher sea levels, more displaced plants and animals, more displaced people, destroyed homes, jeopardized agriculture, and the list goes on and on.
Pretty scary, right? So, what does this have to do with parent planning and having kids? Well, lots.
First, I’m going to mention that many millennials are refusing to have kids for multiple reasons besides climate change, for instance
We’re poor as hell. Millennials have gone on record for being the highest-educated but worst paid generation ever. (THANKS, STUDENT DEBT!)
We’d rather focus on a career than starting a family.
We’re scared that either we will be terrible parents or that having children will disrupt our current lifestyles.
I’m sure there are more reasons why people choose not to have children, but a very big deciding factor is climate change.
The world’s population is already out of control. Having large families and adding new life will just add to the symptoms of overcrowding and environmental concerns. Every human life has a footprint. The more people, the more footprints.
To sum it all up for you, having children increases the human impact on the Earth.
Our resources on Earth are limited. They are finite, meaning they will eventually run out if we continue to live our overconsuming lifestyles.
This is why lowering our environmental footprints is SOO important. I want my children and my grandchildren to have the best life.
Right now, the world population is 7.6 billion and continues to grow every year. By 2050, the world population is predicted to 9.5 billion. This brings up some challenges because of Earth’s carrying capacity. Every species has a carrying capacity, even humans. This means that only so many people can live on Earth comfortable with life-sustaining resources (water, food, air, etc.).
It’s kind of like a restaurant with a carrying capacity of say 50 people. Now, only 50 people can come into the restaurant and sit down comfortably to eat a meal. Everyone else has to wait outside and starve. Now let’s say the same restaurant has a special event where everyone has to stand. They carry capacity doubles to allow 100 people. Now, it’s not as comfortable, but at least everyone gets fed.This puts a lot of stress on the resources, restaurant, and staff, so they have to shut down and not feed anyone the next day.
We are beginning to edge on Earth’s carry capacity for humans. Soon, Earth will have to throw a “special event” in order to support everyone. However, this will put a lot of stress on Earth’s resources and may cause our world to collapse.
This is why it’s essential that we begin cleaning up our lifestyles and actively work to lower our impacts on the world. I believe we can do it. I believe there is hope for humanity and for the world!
On more interesting fact about the world population is that the yearly growth rate has steadily declined since the 1970s, but the population of the world is still increasing incredibly fast. This is NOT good news. This means that even though people are having fewer children, the world population still continues to grow out of control! YIKES!
Back to the question of the day: Should we be having kids?
Well, I think that intelligent humans, who have it all together and are worried about the world, should have children if they want them. But, I also think they should raise their children to be amazing human beings that love the world and are willing to anything to protect our resource for future generations.
I believe we should teach our children to be good stewards to themselves and to nature. And, also to educate them on living a clean, sustainable life.
If anything, we should all just have much fewer children. And, if you do want more, then consider adopting, becoming a foster parent, or taking care of the children of the world in another manner.
Also, the Earth has a way of correcting itself and balancing itself out. But this means that there might be more diseases, viruses, and plagues. (It’s a morbid way of looking at it all, but it’s true!)
Anyway, Justin and I would like to have children someday and you can bet your life that I’m going to teach them about the natural environment and how to live a healthy life. They will know what a clean, sustainable life is and how to create their own style of it.
And if you decide to have children of your own (or already have children), then I hope you teach them to understand how important it is to tread lightly on this magnificent world!
I hope you have a beautiful day! Thanks for reading.
- Current World Population: http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/
- Predicting future CO2 levels: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/10/05/predicting-future-co2-levels/
- 9 Brutally real reasons why millennials refuse to have kids: http://www.therooster.com/blog/10-brutally-real-reasons-why-millennials-refuse-have-kids
World Population History
- How Many People Can Our World Support?: http://worldpopulationhistory.org/carrying-capacity/
National Public Radio
- Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?: https://www.npr.org/2016/08/18/479349760/should-we-be-having-kids-in-the-age-of-climate-change
- Some Americans are so afraid of the 'end of the world as we know it,' they are avoiding having kids: http://www.businessinsider.com/americans-are-avoiding-having-kids-because-of-climate-change-2018-2
- Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/12/want-to-fight-climate-change-have-fewer-children
- Population growth: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_growth