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
ELIZA RELMAN, WALT HICKEY
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.
…Read more: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/millennials-americans-worry-about-kids-children-climate-change-poll-2019-3
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.