Climate Change Generational Suicide: 38% of Millennials Worried About Having Children

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Ongoing millennial green efforts to ensure theirs is the last generation to worry about climate change.

More than a third of millennials share Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s worry about having kids while the threat of climate change looms

MAR 5, 2019, 10:15 AM

“Our planet is going to hit disaster if we don’t turn this ship around … there’s scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult,” Ocasio-Cortez said on Instagram Live. “And even if you don’t have kids, there are still children here in the world, and we have a moral obligation to leave a better world for them.”

An INSIDER poll conducted on SurveyMonkey Audience found that nearly 30% of Americans either strongly agree, agree, or somewhat agree that a couple should consider the negative and potentially life-threatening effects of climate change when deciding whether or not to have children. Just more than 8% of Americans strongly agreed that climate change should be a consideration.

Young people are more likely to consider climate change

Notably, younger people are much more likely to consider the threats of a planet more prone to extreme weather, droughts, floods, and wildfires when deciding whether to have kids.

Nearly 38% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 agreed that climate change should be a factor in a couple’s decision about whether to have children. And 34% of Americans between the ages of 30 and 44 agreed.

Agreement was also linked to the belief that climate change is man-made: 38% of respondents who said “the earth is getting warmer mostly because of human activity such as burning fossil fuels” said couples should factor in the effect of that warming on their children before having them. Meanwhile, 33% disagreed, and another third were neutral or didn’t know.

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Since the best predictor of what children will be like is their parents, by not having children climate worrier green millennials are inexorably ceding the future to climate skeptics, and to people who choose to have large families regardless of their climate concerns.

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Christopher Simpson
March 5, 2019 10:05 am

So — a fairly rapid decrease in the population, which will help with resource allotment, accompanied by a fairly rapid increase in general intelligence.

The future looks good.

Margaret Smith
Reply to  Christopher Simpson
March 6, 2019 7:18 am

Christopher Simpson
March 5, 2019 at 10:05 am

“So — a fairly rapid decrease in the population, which will help with resource allotment, accompanied by a fairly rapid increase in general intelligence.”

I would agree except it will apply only to white people as only white folk seem to actually believe all the nonsense.
So perhaps not so great news…..

Reply to  Margaret Smith
March 12, 2019 7:12 pm

*rich white liberal people.

Reply to  Margaret Smith
March 12, 2019 7:20 pm

Some genetic diversity will be necessary, population bottlenecks doom species.

We almost went extinct 750,000 years ago.

John Tillman
March 5, 2019 10:06 am


Gullibility will be bred out of the population.

Curious George
Reply to  John Tillman
March 5, 2019 10:19 am

Excellent news! Coming a generation late, but a reason for hope anyway.

John Tillman
Reply to  Curious George
March 5, 2019 10:33 am

Better late than never. And if the present gullible alarmist generation doesn’t reproduce, then it won’t matter in the long run that the self-selection out process began too late.

Big T
Reply to  Curious George
March 5, 2019 5:43 pm

This is terrific news, fewer intellectual idiots having babies!!

Reply to  John Tillman
March 5, 2019 1:14 pm

Natural selection on full display. Dumb people failing to reproduce. Awesome! Thank you NATURE!

Joe Crawford
Reply to  kenji
March 6, 2019 8:03 am

+10 :<)

Reply to  John Tillman
March 5, 2019 3:51 pm

This gullibility is NOT GENETIC. It is produced by government schools, run by the Taylorian method.

The fix is return to what worked best. The last one-room schoolhouse, Tennessee 1962, produced 80% National Merit scholars.

It also produced wiser and more responsible adults.


Reply to  ladylifegrows
March 12, 2019 7:15 pm

Some of it is.

Genetic damaging via pollutants: lead paint, leaded gas, vaccine adjuvants.

World IQ is dropping. Not rising.

I feel like I’m going mad in a world of insanity not listening.

Reply to  John Tillman
March 5, 2019 4:01 pm

That will result in the elimination of the environmentalists.

March 5, 2019 10:17 am

Sharia Law will fix them or eliminate them according to the great Religion of Peace.

March 5, 2019 10:17 am

I wonder how long before they start imbibing “revolutionary suicide”

Bryan A
Reply to  icisil
March 5, 2019 10:27 am

Make ready the Cool-Aid??
Early Check-Out??

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Bryan A
March 5, 2019 12:56 pm


Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  icisil
March 5, 2019 10:32 am

It has already begun. A generation of delusion is here.

Prominent gay rights lawyer self-immolates in environmental protest
“My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves,” an apparent message from lawyer David Buckel said.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
March 5, 2019 10:55 am

What a nasty way to go.
There are much more pleasant means.
N2, for example.

Reply to  John F. Hultquist
March 5, 2019 1:19 pm

What about Co2!? Just run the tailpipe of your filthy ICE automobile into the passenger compartment, roll up and windows, and go to permanent sleep. You know … just like we are doing to the whole planet!!

Oh. What? Wait. That’s Co … not Co2?

Huh? Maybe we will all survive after all …

/climate ‘believer’

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  kenji
March 5, 2019 1:29 pm

Lack of Oxygen. Brain damage. Oh,Wait!

Reply to  kenji
March 8, 2019 3:31 pm

They can hitch a ride with Marshall Applewhite. He should still have room for them.

Joel Snider
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
March 5, 2019 11:17 am

I keep thinking ‘Logan’s Run’ – among all the other cautionary tales they seem to be emulating rather than learning from.

michael hart
Reply to  Joel Snider
March 5, 2019 4:37 pm

Gotta love that Jenny Agutter.

Reply to  michael hart
March 8, 2019 3:27 pm

You got that right. That skimpy green outfit looked great when wet.

old engineer
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
March 6, 2019 9:12 am

Re: David Buckel’s suicide

His suicide note says “”Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather. … Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result.”

The man was 60 years old. He was of the Baby-Boomer generation, not some snowflake millennial. All of his life the trend has been for cleaner air, cleaner water, better use of the land, and more prosperity for more people. Much of the progress BECAUSE of fossil fuel use. Yet he didn’t realize that. How sad.

I guess it true that we live life from the inside out. If you want to see doom and gloom you will, regardless of the actual situation.

March 5, 2019 10:24 am

I’ve been told that babies were born all during the Civil War, the Great War, World War II, Korean War, Viet Nam War, the Gulf War and the Iraq War.
Some of those times seemed pretty bad but the world .. and babies still happened.

Reply to  Neo
March 5, 2019 11:26 am

But those were before babies were the enemy.

Pop Piasa
March 5, 2019 10:25 am

If I were that young I’d be pondering the future of Earth’s magnetosphere more than CO2’s obviously tiny effect on the atmosphere

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Pop Piasa
March 5, 2019 10:37 am
Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Pop Piasa
March 5, 2019 10:39 am

As far as magnetosphere weakening fears, that is one that surely needs strong application of the serenity prayer:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

For so unlimited things that nature can throw at us, the things we know might happen (Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, forest fires, droughts) and for the Black Swans of which we know nothing, a strong, resilient society with the technology and wealth resources to maintain it – that is the best mitigation strategy for public policy.

Reply to  Pop Piasa
March 5, 2019 10:56 am

“38% of respondents who said “the earth is getting warmer mostly because of human activity”
If that’s all you heard from the MSM and were taught in school you might believe it as well.
Fortunately, like the pending ice age taught in the 70’s, time will reveal the false prophecies of Global Warming and a new earth-destroying calamity will be introduced.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Ron
March 5, 2019 11:12 am

That 38% would probably have an r^2=0.88 correlation with possessing a Liberal ideology (aka, today’s Democrats). The other 5% is simply the left tail-end of the gullibility distribution.

If the word “mostly” were removed from that statement, then I would agree with it.
But “mostly” is a quantifier, and we simply don’t know that at all, despite IPCC proclamations to the contrary. Show me a climate scientist who says confidently it’s mostly due to human activity, and I’ll show you a rent-seeker.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
March 5, 2019 11:54 am

“the earth is getting warmer because of human activity”

There , is that what you agree with ? That is what most millennials seem to think. Those nasty qualifiers matter.

Steve Reddish
Reply to  Greg
March 5, 2019 6:58 pm

Unfortunately, with no qualifier, that sentence is perceived as meaning all warming is caused by human activity. There needs to be a reducing qualifier of the sort: Minimal warming caused by human activity, or immeasurable warming caused by human activity.


Reply to  Pop Piasa
March 5, 2019 2:00 pm

No need to worry about the magnetosphere. It’s been flipping about every 100K years for at least the last 10 million years or so.
Beyond that, it appears that the field doesn’t drop to zero, then reform with the opposite polarity.
Instead patches of reverse polarity show up (such as the south Atlantic anomaly), the over time grow until the anomalies become the norm.

Joel O'Bryan
March 5, 2019 10:25 am

“Agreement was also linked to the belief that climate change is man-made:…”

Well it is.
But then that’s not the issue.
At every turn now in the Climate Hustle need to induce a state of fear in the public, we keep coming back to prescient writings and speakings of a great thinker-intellectual giant of our generation that we lost too soon, Michael Crichton.

His explanation of how institutionalized fear mongering can paralyze is vivid where he describes how people of Urkraine and Belarus are still suffering from the paralyzing effects of the fear mongering from the Chernobyl radiation where they were bombarded with expert claims that they were all going to die horrible early deaths of radiation sickness and their children would all be born with horrifying deformities and syndromes. The fear of the Chernobyl radiation, driven by “experts” opinions and constantly hyped by the media, was magnitudes worse than on the society than any objective radiation exposure.

The generational impact of idiots driving the Climate Change fear mongering are doing far, far more damage to multiple generations than anything a few degrees of mostly beneficial warming could bring. Everything from destroying economic futures (which in itself will bring higher enviromental destruction) to destroying family structures (by not having children to take care of the elderly family members which is foundational to maintaining a cohesive social structure that remembers the mistakes of the past) which are the bedrock of a free, open society.

Ed MacAulay
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
March 5, 2019 1:58 pm

“to destroying family structures (by not having children to take care of the elderly family members which is foundational to maintaining a cohesive social structure that remembers the mistakes of the past)”
Well isn’t that a bit selfish of them, because then our children, i.e other people’s children, will be forced to care for them in their old age.

Reply to  Ed MacAulay
March 6, 2019 1:40 am

They might think that, but then they’re in for a big surprise.

Robbie Depp
March 5, 2019 10:26 am

Does this mean supporting massive immigration and providing them a favorable environment to have babies? Also, immigrants coming into US would greatly increase their carbon footprint. After all, immigrants are by far the most prolific group. Thus, a wall should be part of the Green New Deal.

March 5, 2019 10:26 am

If you are stupid enough to allow Climate Change to change your breeding patterns, perhaps you shouldn’t breed.

Bill Powers
March 5, 2019 10:27 am

This is a good thing until the Puppetmasters begin to realize their “Dumbing Down” of America is on track to net mass extinction of the dumbest and most gullible of their voters at which point the public schools and universities will dress them up in ski masks and black hoodies, deck them out in black Chuck Taylor’s. The mobilization for their transition has only just begun. They will soon be turning their campus safe zones into training camps.

Joel O'Bryan
March 5, 2019 10:28 am

Nice play on words Eric, “worrier” rather than “warrior.” That needs to be made into a bumper sticker.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
March 5, 2019 10:54 am

The cult of perpetual worriers. I read a funny quote yesterday. A liberal, gay man attended some CPAC parties and said that they were a blast, and that democrats would never throw parties like that. Bunch of self-righteous, anal-retentive Debbie Downers.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  icisil
March 5, 2019 10:58 am

and now blinded even further with TDS-induced cognitive decline.

Reply to  icisil
March 5, 2019 10:59 am

Here it is

Hahahaha ran into some gay liberal guy at CPAC he thought the parties were awesome “Democrats would never do anything like this” The right is lit The left is .. Well, kind of gay.

March 5, 2019 10:47 am

Well, it worked out for the ‘Shakers’ but at least they left a legacy of nice furniture;
I wonder if the millennial greens will leave any trace ???

Reply to  saveenergy
March 5, 2019 11:01 am

The only things they know how to do are tear down what other people build and complain.

Reply to  saveenergy
March 5, 2019 12:37 pm

Their legacy?
Millions of wind turbines and empty estuaries that once were feeding grounds for hosts of migrating birds .

John Bell
March 5, 2019 10:53 am

They *SAY* the worry, but they have kids anyway, because what people say in polls vs how they act are often different, as we all know.

Joel Snider
March 5, 2019 11:02 am

Mechanisms of behavior-based extinction.

March 5, 2019 11:12 am

So if we’re not supposed to have children , then what future generation are we worried about saving the planet for? Seems silly to waste 93 trillion dollars if no one will be there to enjoy the benefits.

Flight Level
March 5, 2019 11:12 am

I don’t mind, the fittest will survive, this includes mass hysteria.

David Guy-Johnson
March 5, 2019 11:14 am

That’s what they say to a pollster to show that they are hip. I suspect the reality is very different

March 5, 2019 11:21 am

If 38% are in agreement then we can logically conclude that 62% are not!

Timo Soren
March 5, 2019 11:25 am

I seem to remember reading somewhere that 50% of children are planned and the others
are ‘accidental”. So if that statistic is based only on women responding it may indicate that it would mean
50% of those planned may now to ‘considering’ whether or not I looks like 50% accidental 12% planned and (38% considering)
So how many are ready to say no? (amongst the considering?) I say least reproductive rate
is 80% but I suspect it will be nowhere near that. Even amongst enviromental wackos.

Timo Soren
March 5, 2019 11:26 am

Remember the Shakers!
Now you know why.

Bill P.
March 5, 2019 11:27 am

Red Herring.

Millennials need to pay off their student loans before they can afford kids, and since the women will all be past childbearing age by the time that happens, it is a moot point.

Reply to  Bill P.
March 5, 2019 5:43 pm

Not all countries have student loans if at all or have to pay them back in the way you imply, so your information is very specific to your country. So perhaps just the Millenials in your country will die out but the rest of the world won’t 🙂

March 5, 2019 11:47 am

As others have noted, let’s allow “natural selection” to do it’s work. It’s helpful to mankind if some self-chosen ignoramuses choose not to procreate.

March 5, 2019 11:58 am

shades of the film Idiocracy perhaps?

John Tillman
Reply to  ghalfrunt
March 5, 2019 12:14 pm

Except in reverse. In this case, the idiots are choosing not to reproduce.

March 5, 2019 11:58 am

Super! That way the Masters of the Universe can bring in more unskilled labor from south of the border to fill the labor shortages. First it was Mexico, then Central and soon South America. Bravo

March 5, 2019 12:46 pm

Oh dear, how sad, never mind. Humanity’s gene pool will undoubtedly benefit by the absence of the offspring of these poor misguided fools. Harsh but true, alas.

March 5, 2019 12:48 pm

Child abuse, plain and simple. Lock up the doomsayers who take sick delight in injecting the next generation with complete terror and hopelessness.

March 5, 2019 1:14 pm

Every generation worries about something that prior generations didn’t. When I was a kid we were raised to fear anihilation by the Soviets in nuclear war, including the infamous “duck and cover” exercises in schoolrooms and Hollywood doomsday films and such. It didn’t stop us from screwing around, or having babies. My parents generation grew up in the Great Depression, where unemployment was upwards of 25% or more, and came to adulthood and parenthood in the midst of the bloodiest war in history … it didn’t sto them from making our generation. My grandparent’s generation grew up to adulthood and raising families in the midst of the War to End All Wars .. they still made my parent’s generation.

Meh .. kids can be scared of stuff that is real, or of stuff that isn’t real. Reproduction keeps going on, either way.

In fact, the biggest factor in reducing human population growth and family size is economic wealth .. the more people have, the fewer kids they have.

March 5, 2019 2:15 pm

Oddly enough the very same people are absolutely gagging to import hundreds of millions of people who breed like bacteria on an agar plate from the third world. ‘Mentally ill’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.

John Sandhofner
March 5, 2019 3:05 pm

I hate to put it this way but for those millennials who feel this way it is just as well that they have no children. Any of their children would live a life filled with negativity and their presence would only add to the doomsday crowd.

High Treason
March 5, 2019 3:19 pm

Propaganda-a big lie repeated frequently until people come to believe it. Also known as brainwashing.
Perhaps it is a natural selection criterion- those that are so gullible will not reproduce because they have swallowed flagrant lies, so the subspecies of Homo Gullibilis becomes extinct due to not bothering to reproduce.
Alas, the flood of replacement humans could in all likelihood try to make the not so gullible extinct, which weakens the gene pool.
Just look at the Nazi criteria for natural selection-worked for a while- blonde, blue eyed Arayans were the favoured species. They attempted to make other sub species of humans extinct- ones they claimed were sub human (including my own sub-species.)
Note-as it is voluntary extinction, I do not have too much of a problem, as long as the imbeciles do not try to force their insanity upon me.

Gary Ashe
March 5, 2019 3:20 pm

Its a self correcting problem, progressives should be encouraged to get sterilised,………

Then the desease of leftism will eradicate itself.

Derek Colman
March 5, 2019 3:54 pm

The correct response to a forthcoming apocalypse is to have as many children as possible. That would increase the chances of the human race surviving the disaster. In times of war people have more babies because it increases the chances of survival when so many are dying.

March 5, 2019 4:00 pm

Back in the 1960s, I heard quite a few people state that they were never having kids because of looming world disasters.
Rationales included:
* finite resources,
* population bomb,
* their children fighting in unjust wars,
* everlasting poverty in both the first and third worlds,
* pollution,
* poisoned water,
* mistreated animals,
* unnatural plants being farmed and fed to people and animals, (this is well before GMO, when “nature’s children” did not comprehend farming, fertilizer, harvests, animal slaughter, etc.
* more and more expensive educations required with many graduates getting menial jobs,
* certain nuclear war,
* an Earth poisoned by nuclear wastes,
* etc., etc., etc.

Every one of them that I have met since that time, well except for a few who turned out sterile, have children.
Of the sterile, or barren if you prefer, every one of them tried for children. Many adopted, fostered or sought professional medical interventions.

Today’s millennials making threats!?
Have they committed themselves for permanent surgical celibacy?
Ho hum, talk to me when they stop whining.

Patrick MJD
March 5, 2019 9:17 pm

They took time to look up from their smart devices to notice the weather? I don’t believe it!

Craig from Oz
March 5, 2019 10:55 pm

“… and we have a moral obligation to leave a better world for them.”

Leave a better world…

Okay, just to make the maths easy, let us assume our little moral snowflakes are 30 years old.

Let us assume they then have a kiddling or two and stick with that 30 year age gap.

So, when our snow flakes finally make it to that big Safe Space in the sky at age 90, the kids first mentioned by AOC will be about 60.

“Dad! When can I have the keys to the planet? Dad you promised!”

“Not until you are 60, Son.”

So not only are we talking about 60 years into the future, we are also assuming that these new 60 year old owners of the planet will have spent their 40 odd adult years doing sweet sod all about their own destiny.

Sorry, AOC, but anyone truly stupid enough not to understand the logic of these ‘leave a better planet’ moral guilt trips probably should be encourage not to breed for the good of the overall gene pool.

Brian R
March 5, 2019 11:19 pm

I’m worried about millennials having kids, but for completely different reasons than they are.

March 6, 2019 1:35 am

“younger people are much more likely to consider the threats of a planet more prone to extreme weather, droughts, floods, and wildfires”

Well, of course. They are most recently indoctrinated to believe the climate change fraud and many other socialist shibboleths.

Johann Wundersamer
March 6, 2019 3:19 am

Better – not SUCH children:

Steve O
March 6, 2019 5:20 am

“…by not having children climate worrier green millennials are inexorably ceding the future to climate skeptics, and to people who choose to have large families regardless of their climate concerns.”

Except that over the last several decades liberals have used illegal discrimination in hiring at public universities to take control of almost all education, at least in the US.

March 6, 2019 5:34 am

I find this fear of ‘putting children into this world’ an obscene ignorance of the many greater threats and challenges humans have had throughout history and before. So, children of the modern developed world face a low risk of the following:
– high infant mortaility rates
– life expectance of >50 years
– being consripted into war like WW1 or WW2
– The Plague, Black Death, et
– Death in child birth
– Painfull incurable toothache
– Smallpox
– Polio
– Food or water poisening
These and many more were high risks faced by those of our past, and still millions in the developing world. Well, at least in the past, they didn’t have global warming to worry about!

March 6, 2019 5:52 am

IT’s interesting that all the comments (from less than 20% of the world’s population) act as though EVERYBODY cares about their doomsday predictions. Most of the remaining 80% want electricity and want babies. Nothing that do-gooders in the US or Europe (and particularly Australia) will make the slightest dent in either the natural cycles of the Earth or the number of babies being made. All so pointless isn’t it?

March 6, 2019 7:25 am

Those of us who have lived longer remember the same “fear to have children” during the Arms Race when there was a real possibility that there would be a nuclear war. Some (many?) skipped having children due to that fear.

The current “concern” about Climate Change regarding children is often that other people should not have kids or they use of “fears of climate change” as an excuse for their not wanting to have kids (for entirely different reasons).

Dylan wrote a song on this theme –Masters of War:

You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins

I would cast the same judgement on those terrorizing the gullible with horror stories about climate.

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