New York Times columnist Ezra Klein said people ask him all the time whether it’s OK to have kids amid the “climate crisis.”
“Over the past few years, I’ve been asked one question more than any other. It comes up at speeches, at dinners, in conversation,” Klein started his column Sunday.
- “It’s the most popular query when I open my podcast to suggestions, time and again. It comes in two forms. The first: Should I have kids, given the climate crisis they will face? The second: Should I have kids, knowing they will contribute to the climate crisis the world faces?”
- Klein gently advised readers not to plan their families based on climate models, arguing humans have made it through worse times and children are the future.
- “To become a parent is to feel, every day, the weight and hope and terror of that fact,” he concluded. “I can’t tell you whether it’s the right choice for you, but no climate model can, either.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, said in a 2019 Instagram livestream that younger constituents often ask her, “Is it OK to still have children?”
- The eco-alarmist congresswoman, echoing mainstream media commentators, called the question “legitimate” and warned:”There’s scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult.”
- According to an international poll published last September in The Lancet medical journal, 40% of millennials are reluctant to have kids because of climate change.