Guest essay by Eric Worrall
A commitment to not having sex (so no children) ultimately led to the decline of the 18-19th century Shakers as a significant religious movement.
Reconsidering having kids because of climate change? You’re not alone
MONDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2019 12:21AM
One in three women under 30 involved in environmental groups are so worried about climate change and the future of the planet they are reconsidering having kids, according to a new survey.
The survey focused on women’s views on climate change ahead of this year’s federal election, and found nine out of ten of them were “extremely concerned” about the issue.
For women between 30 and 39 years, 22 per cent said they were reconsidering having children or more children because of climate change.
Over 6,500 women were quizzed for the survey, which was conducted by The Australian Conservation Foundation and 1 Million Women.
28-year-old Felicity Lochhead, who studies sustainability at university, says climate change is a major factor in her thinking about the future, and it’s the same for having kids.
“If I don’t take it [climate change] into account for that big decision, but I’m taking it into account for all these little decision in my life… it doesn’t make sense if I ignore it,” she told Hack.
“What I’m concerned about is that it’s beyond an environmental issue… it swells into those spheres of economic issues and social issues as well.”
The lesson from the past is inescapable. If a community doesn’t have kids, they eventually die out, and cede the future to groups which do have kids.
But there is a way for such communities to continue, for a while – they have to convince other people’s kids to join their community.
The Shakers took in orphans and homeless people, and probably did a lot of good in their time. Not everyone raised by Shakers remained a member of the Shaker community, the Shakers were very firm on the idea that being a Shaker was voluntary.
Greens differ from Shakers in that they seem to prefer using other people’s money to recruit children to their cause. Their preferred means of recruiting other people’s children seems to be to convince teachers and school boards paid for by parents of the kids they target to provide lessons on “sustainability”, resource scarcity, and other climate catastrophe tropes.
People who leave the green movement, like Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, in my opinion are not well treated.
Perhaps Greens are not so similar to Shakers after all.
There is still one shaker community left, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village