Birthstrikers: The Selfless Activist Effort to Cede the Future to Climate Skeptics

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Three month old infant lying on stomach. By Tognopop (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

CNN is celebrating green efforts to ensure that any genetic tendency towards being a climate alarmist is eliminated from the human gene pool.

BirthStrike: The people refusing to have kids, because of climate change 

By Stephanie Bailey, CNN
Updated 1314 GMT (2114 HKT) June 10, 2019

London (CNN) Climate change is rapidly changing the environment we live in. But how far would you be willing to go to help save the planet?
Would you skip school? Eat pig’s feet? Deliberately get arrested? How about forgo having kids?

For 33-year-old British musician Blythe Pepino the latter is a reality. Her fears about climate change are so strong she has decided not to have biological children. 

“I really want a kid,” she told CNN. “I love my partner and I want a family with him but I don’t feel like this is a time that you can do that.” 
Pepino believes that there will be an “ecological Armageddon” and founded BirthStrike at the end of 2018. BirthStrike is a group of people who are declaring their decision not to have kids because of climate change. 

So far, over 330 people have joined, of which Pepino estimates 80% are women.

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For the record I think climate alarmists probably should reproduce. Having a few people around who worry about everything is likely an evolutionary advantage. Better to have a few people around who jump at shadows than to overlook a real threat.

But if a group of the most committed alarmists choose not to reproduce, who are we to object? Their self sacrifice might well be a balance of nature kind of thing.

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Ian Magness
June 20, 2019 10:18 pm

I think this is great – a kind of “progressive” Darwin Award in which protagonists self-select not themselves out if the gene pool but their future blood lines. They are surely doing humanity a favour and should be heartily supported in their goals, perhaps by being offered sterilisation, this precluding the potential outcomes of later changing their minds.

Aidan Donnelly
Reply to  Ian Magness
June 21, 2019 12:46 am

They could also be offered a free weekend at the ‘Soylent Spa’ – choice of colours and for each participant the company will provide 4 weeks worth of Protein & Mineral cakes to starving people in Africa

Reply to  Ian Magness
June 21, 2019 1:58 am

Ian Magness – plus svereal hundred for the astute observation!

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Ian Magness
June 21, 2019 6:25 am

Now iffen those 264 females that have joined “BirthStrike” ‬were to immediately get their “tubes tied” to insure their promise of “no birthing of kids”, ….. then their claims might be believable.

Bust just promising “no birthing of kids” via their BirthStrike pledge is sufficient reason to justify ignoring the “wants” of their spouse or family members ……. or sufficient reason to justify an abortion if they do get pregnant.

Bryan A
Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
June 21, 2019 9:57 am

The only true sacrifice would be to have their wombs removed and the opening to it stitched/glued shut. Otherwise it is no real sacrifice.

Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
June 21, 2019 11:31 am

The only thing “BirthStrike” means is more abortions.
Ms. Pepino has a “polymorphous” relationship (not that there is anything wrong with that), so she will most likely need to avail herself of whatever it takes to keep her “BirthStrike” pledge.

Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
June 22, 2019 1:20 pm

We are almost out of time women who decide not to have children after understanding danger are high evolved

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Reply to  Rama
June 22, 2019 3:37 pm

We are almost out of time women who decide not to have children after understanding danger are high evolved

Rather: We are almost out of time before women who decide not to have children after misunderstanding danger are high NO LONGER evolved.

Which is true: We have little time until these women can no longer reproduce, and thus the time when we (the surviors of our race) will see them removed from our race.

After that time, we (the remainder of our race) are no longer threatened by these women’s definitively wrong and highly exaggerated premonition of danger.

Reply to  Ian Magness
June 21, 2019 2:49 pm

They can still adopt. No difference if they brainwash as adoptive parents.

John V. Wright
June 20, 2019 10:23 pm

If only Greta Thunberg’s parents had made that connection earlier. Really, folks, I sometimes feel that I am inhabiting a parallel universe when I read this stuff. The capacity for human stupidity seems to be truly infinite.

But, hey, I’m with Eric on this one. Let’s not get in the way of what appears to be the latest expression of Darwinian species self-preservation.

In short, I have no issue with alarmists having no issue.

Y. Knott
Reply to  John V. Wright
June 21, 2019 6:14 am

I just wish it worked faster…

Al miller
June 20, 2019 10:49 pm

That makes me smile, fewer abusive parents around to damage their progeny a la Greta. It’s really a win, win situation!

June 20, 2019 11:05 pm

Back in my high school days in the 1960s, I remember reading a letter in the Ann Landers column from someone who was so certain that the US and USSR would start a nuclear war and destroy civilization that she decided not to have a baby and expose it to such conditions.

No nuclear war. And the air is cleaner too.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Ric Werme
June 21, 2019 6:38 am

“And also the air is cleaner too as well.”

I added some extra redundancy in there for ya. No charge! 🙂

June 20, 2019 11:22 pm

If alarmists go extinct, who will be the next clowns ?

Very sad story 🙁

J Mac
June 20, 2019 11:49 pm

What could be more senselessly pathetic than deliberately committing genetic suicide because of irrational fears driven by ‘Climate Change’ fraud?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Michael H Anderson
Reply to  J Mac
June 21, 2019 12:21 pm

Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd and other professional human-haters must be rubbing their hands together with glee thinking about how their years of work have finally borne such prolific fruit.

E J Zuiderwijk
June 21, 2019 12:11 am

Can you imagine the anger when these dupes finally realise that the whole thing is just a bad joke.

Joe Crawford
Reply to  E J Zuiderwijk
June 21, 2019 8:43 am

With luck it will happen after they complete menopause :<)

June 21, 2019 12:26 am

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

Albert Einstein

Reply to  Scarface
June 22, 2019 11:01 am

Beat me to it.


June 21, 2019 12:34 am

Reminds me of the famous letter to the Kansas school board. Stupidity removes itself from the gene pool, proving Darwin right.

June 21, 2019 1:02 am

I’m confused. A strike withdraws something valuable from somebody else – your labour, your custom, your support. Who values these people’s children other than themselves? Who is suffering a loss from this strike other than themselves?

Or are they so obsessively self-centred they think we are suffering because we are doing without their children?

Reply to  Phoenix44
June 21, 2019 5:08 am

It’s win-win.

Stop telling them we don’t care and have your children safe in the knowledge that the gene pool is working for us.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Phoenix44
June 21, 2019 10:13 am

A strike withdraws something valuable from somebody else

Words can be used in confusing ways.
Thus, explain “hunger strike” that is the opposite of what it says, and is done to one’s self?

Matheus Carvalho
Reply to  John F. Hultquist
June 21, 2019 12:22 pm

A hunger tries to cause impact by smearing the people against which the strike is being done as inhuman. Thus, it withdraws “good image”, maybe.

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
June 21, 2019 1:08 am

Please can these people devise a badge or tattoo that would enable them to identify and create a right-on fashion for this among their fellow traveller eco loons of various sorts. Not only will they feel smugly superior to the rest of humanity but they can advertise the fact. This really is a win all round. Good luck to them with this particular policy aim.

Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
June 21, 2019 1:14 am

Hey! Here’s your sign!

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  KellyR
June 21, 2019 7:08 am

Ahhhh yes, the inimitable Jeff Foxworthy.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
June 21, 2019 10:14 am

Bill Engvall

Phil R
Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
June 21, 2019 10:37 am

Bill Engvall .

Right-Handed Shark
Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
June 21, 2019 5:09 am

I suggest a tattoo on the forehead, MUG (Mentally Unsuitable Genome).

June 21, 2019 1:11 am

Sounds an awful lot like lemmings, but funny.

June 21, 2019 1:35 am

One estimate of 100000 induced abortions after the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Probably wrong to be flippant about this subject.

Reply to  peterg
June 21, 2019 5:12 am

It’s probably a fact which won’t change no matter how it is treated and probably a small fraction of the number around the world in the same period. Pro lifers may have problems with that but it remains a fact and the rest of us have no issue with dealing with it as such as a part of our world.

Bryan A
Reply to  LdB
June 21, 2019 10:02 am

Whenever possible Choose Life…

June 21, 2019 1:43 am

I feel very sorry for these people. They are victims. They have been lied to relentlessly by a group of (obviously) very convincing charlatans. The charlatans are doing it for goodness knows what reasons – self-aggrandisement or financial gain perhaps – but for these victims the end result is destruction of their lives. Can you imagine how they will feel when they discover when past child-bearing age that they were conned. At the personal level this is more important than the degradation of the economy already being caused by the lies. If the charlatans had any shred of decency they would stop, now that others are getting badly hurt. Many of them simply don’t care at all for anyone else of course, but for those that do – and for the scientists who have doubts but have kept quiet – please, this thing has now gone too far and it’s time to break ranks.

Reply to  Mike Jonas
June 21, 2019 2:30 am

As a recipient of the exact same CRAP! that I was taught at high school from those i trusted knew better I can tell you …blinding rage and bitterness – for the last 20+ yrs are my reactions.
as a teenage and young adult -depression and guilt for being alive at all and having food and shelter when so many didnt,remember the massive campaigns over Biafra?
and attempted suicide and self hate for many years after that.
I seriously have a hard time not going right off my nana at those abusing children now, as i was abused then.

gretas parents and all those supporting and pushing her, should be done for abuse of a child! and all the other poor kids that are being indoctrinated seeing her promoted is bl**dy criminal!

Michael H Anderson
Reply to  Mike Jonas
June 21, 2019 11:51 am

WRT “for goodness knows what reasons”…

Money, power, publication, tenure, media appearances, career relevance.

You’re welcome.

Michael H Anderson
Reply to  Mike Jonas
June 21, 2019 12:08 pm

I’ll add that your plea, eloquent though it is, is going to fall on deaf ears. We’re talking about masses of people who are deeply amoral and utterly self-serving, the vectors for what might well prove to be the swan song of western civilization. A more appropriate response would in all seriousness be to literally go to war against them, but we all know that isn’t going to happen.

The one hope I hold out is that there are actually smart kids coming up through school right now who see through all of this, and being the smart ones may well end up in positions of power. I also hope they’ll be ruthless enough in trying to restore rationality to our world that they’ll make Donald Trump look like Jerry Brown. That they’ll have the guts to say to the witless hordes, “Sorry kiddies, but the magic train to the fairytale castle has been shut down, and all plans to run the world on unicorn farts have been suspended and those responsible for them are facing multiple indictments. Thank you for your time; now put down the frigging bong and get back to work.”

I can dream, can’t I?

June 21, 2019 1:45 am

14. The scientific reality is that increasing atmospheric CO2 will cause increased plant and crop yields, and possibly some minor, beneficial global warming.

There will be no catastrophic warming and no significant increase in chaotic weather resulting from increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations.

Reference: “Greening of the Earth and its drivers”
by Zaichun Zhu et al, April 25, 2016
Reference: “Countering The Misinformation Of Al Gore’s Dirty Weather Report”
by Ian Clark, Bob Carter, Madhav Khandekar, Tim Ball, November 14, 2012

17. Commentary concerning global warming and climate change catastrophes are typically political propaganda, not scientific reality.

The leaders of the radical greens typically know they are misleading the public. The Climategate emails provide irrefutable evidence of their misconduct. Their followers typically believe the falsehoods, and apparently do not have the education or the intellectual ability to do otherwise.

“CO2, Global Warming, Climate and Energy”
by Allan M.R. MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., June 2019

pdf format:

Excel spreadsheet:

June 21, 2019 2:17 am

330 people have joined, I don’t think that is enough to have a noticeable effect on human genetic diversity. As for these people being victims, in the internet age it has never been easier to educate yourself and cross-check any information that you are presented with. The climate is changing rapidly apparently, don’t these people if look out of their windows? As for climate Armageddon, don’t be ridiculous!

Reply to  Stonyground
June 21, 2019 5:34 am

Not quite that easy when mainstream media and search engines bury anything that might give a balanced view somewhere halfway down page 7! And point anyone in the direction of this blog or the GWPF or the Heartland Institute and you know as well as I do what their reaction will be.

No, I fear this one is going to have to play out. Nature will have the final say and the best we can do is make sure the facts are still available when she does so that the next generation of activists don’t get a free pass at the distorted data that their forbears are creating.

June 21, 2019 3:39 am

So, let me get this straight.

If, in our 60’s, my wife and I pledge not to have children, we should join the climate alarmist cause?

And are we compelled to disclose previous ‘indiscretions’, including having three (now grown up) children who are bearing us grandchildren, for consideration.

I think I’ll pass.

June 21, 2019 4:11 am

Gee, what a sacrifice that is (NOT!). It is not about “saving the planet”. The planet is doing just fine. It is about The Them getting attention. Some day, they’ll die and no one will come to their funerals or remember who they were.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Sara
June 21, 2019 6:45 am

“or remember who they were”

Who were you talking about again? I forgot already.

Bryan A
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
June 21, 2019 10:03 am

Straight to the Compost Pile

June 21, 2019 4:45 am

I am one of the male birth strikers. It’s not that I don’t like kids. It that I looked and listened to Alyssa Milano, Bette Midler, Cher, Madonna, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnel, Hillary Clinton and those women likely to be attracted to me and said “Ah, Hell no.”

Michael H Anderson
June 21, 2019 5:01 am

Don’t you just love it that in the 21st century, pop entertainers are given a forum to rant their lunatic ideology about subjects they’re demonstrably completely ignorant about? Go, mainstream media!

Bruce Cobb
June 21, 2019 5:01 am

It’s virtue signaling on steroids. They’re pretending to give up having children, which they weren’t planning to have anyway, “for the planet”. How noble. So in addition to being morons, they are liars and hypocrites.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
June 21, 2019 5:16 am

Now think about how narcissistic you have to be to think that anyone cares what you supposedly gave up. It reeks of if I could have children with my electronic device and facebook I would, making the planet a better place one post at a time .

Juan Slayton
June 21, 2019 5:07 am

“I really want a kid,” she told CNN.

Note to Blythe:

In the UK there are around 6,000 children who need to be adopted every year.

Steve O
June 21, 2019 5:31 am

In the US, as in other countries, Social Security is pay-as-you-go. We rely on the next generation of workers to cover our retirement payments. Those of us who are working age pay for the current retirees and we also pay to raise kids until they’re ready to enter the workforce.

Someone who doesn’t have kids avoids that expense and gets half of a free ride. It won’t even make much difference to move public opinion since the ideological left controls almost all of public education from K-12, and through university.

June 21, 2019 5:53 am

Of Dodos caught in conflation of logical domains and Ducks.

June 21, 2019 6:17 am

You know, celibacy is hereditary…

Bryan A
Reply to  RHS
June 21, 2019 12:05 pm

you inherit it from your children

June 21, 2019 6:43 am

This is clearly Mother Nature supporting the survival of the fittest in the species, that is, those whose brains are still functioning normally and those that have not had their vision clouded and reason impaired by irrational CAGW propaganda and tales of rapid extinction of species.

Tom Halla
June 21, 2019 7:02 am

“Think of it as evolution in action”.

June 21, 2019 7:31 am

The future belongs to those who show up. The same goes for the voting power of any group with the highest birth rate.

Reasonable Skeptic
June 21, 2019 9:28 am

I have always found left wing logic to be so confusing.

1) Climate Alarmism drive some to refuse to have kids to reduce carbon emissions
2) Desire to care for the worlds poor drives them to open borders and mass immigration, which increased CO2 emissions.

Apparently when they look at one issue they can totally ignore the other. Of course emotions are so much more important than logic for these folks.

June 21, 2019 1:01 pm

These people are doing a good thing, … just not the good they think it is. (^_^)

Smart Rock
June 21, 2019 1:56 pm

We had the same thing in the 1960s; it was called Zero Population growth (ZPG) and it was a movement that derived directly from Paul Ehrlich’s book The Population Bomb, which predicted mass starvation in the USA by 1980, and people dying in the streets from polluted air by 1986, the collapse of the UK by 2000, and on and on.

Ehrlich is still at Stanford and still churning out the same nonsense. At least now he can claim senility to justify it.

Cliff Hilton
June 21, 2019 2:47 pm

For all those lunnies not having children: don’t come looking for mine when you hit the “old folks home”. Who is to care for you? Not my kids, they’re obligated to care for me. Now, if you decide that you DO need care, then have at it. Have those kids and you won’t see me looking for them to care for me.

Wash your own car, fix your own meals and have your own kids. Otherwise, your stupidity will eat you up.

Rod Evans
June 21, 2019 3:05 pm

“Never interrupt your enemy when they are making a mistake”

June 21, 2019 3:19 pm

An image search suggests Ms Pepino is a publicity hound ? At the risk of seeming to be a nasty man, I would conclude that child rearing was never a realistic aim for her, and that her current stance is merely a search for more publicity 🙂

Joel Snider
June 21, 2019 3:25 pm

Unfortunately, any children actually ALLOWED to be born will be immediately indoctrinated.

John Sandhofner
June 21, 2019 4:39 pm

I think it is best that these climate alarmist don’t have children. How happy a childhood would they have? I can’t image how depressing and negative life would be having to put up with all the constant indoctrination. Almost everything we find enjoyable they would be told is bad for the environment. It would be a miserable existance. And as an added benefit, one less potential progressive voter to contend with.

Derek Colman
June 21, 2019 5:42 pm

I sympathise with these people. It’s so sad that in their old age they will lead a lonely existence with no children and no grandchildren to support them a and the realisation that it was all for nothing, because the climate emergency did not happen. I foresee a boom in voluntary euthanasia.

June 21, 2019 7:36 pm

“The climate crisis has changed not only my view of procreation, and its ramifications, but also my understanding of the very concept of the future. I feel we are living in an age of profound grief; that many of the social ills, the political polarizations, the relationship struggles and personal longings so many of us are currently experiencing…”
So introspects birthstriker Erin Kamler, 44

I did like 24 yr old Elle Pugsely’s beginning-
“Observing and continuing to learn about climate issues, other man made ecological issues…”

although Lisa Cohen-Veit, 51 seems to be a bit gender confused about that-
” I grew up in South Africa, it was a beautiful childhood but tainted by the apartheid government. Even as a child I was aware of the planet and her fragility.
When climate change first reared her ugly head back in the 80’s…”

But 22 yr old Amber W has the answer-
” When I was a child the mere mention of climate change would cause me to have a panic attack…”
So let’s have no more mention of climate change around kiddies OK folks?

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