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.
The BirthStrikers have decided they can’t bring children into a world where scientists predict climate change will bring bigger wildfires
, more droughts
, and food shortages
for millions of people.
In 2018, the UN International Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) warned the planet only has 11 years to prevent catastrophic climate change.