Brit group goes on ‘birth strike’ due to severity of climate change

The Hush Post | 8:23 pm | One-minute read |

A group working for prevention of climate change in Britain has decided to go on birth strike. Put simply, the members of the group have decided not to have children because of the severity of the ecological crisis. The women members of the group say climate change is becoming a serious problem and drought, famine and global warming is imminent. Hence, the group has made this decision so that the forthcoming generations have a better life.

33-year-old musician Blythe Pepino is a member of the group. She had decided not to give birth to offspring due to climate change. “I want a child. I want a family with my partner. But this world is not fit enough for children to live”.

Pepino founded ‘BirthStrike’ in 2018. Today 330 members are part of the group of which 80 per cent are women.  She says the decision was made after the warning issued by United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report stated that the planet has only 11 years to prevent catastrophic climate change.

29-year-old Cody Harrison, who recently joined the group says, “You are gambling with someone else’s life,” adding, “If things don’t go well, that human is not going to have a very good life.”

Lori Day, another member said when climate changes it affects food production, migration, resources and war.

Population Matters, a UK-based charity that aims to achieve a sustainable human population argues that carbon emissions will increase with population. This will lead to loss of tropical forests, as well as other environmental impacts, it says.

UN estimates that by 2030 there will be around 8.5 billion people on the planet and by 2100, there could be as many as 11 billion.

A World Bank estimate says that a person emits around 5 tons of carbon dioxide annually. The average American emits 15.6 metric tons per year, while Sri Lanka and Ghana emit less than one ton per capita.

“If everyone consumes the way the US did, we would need another four to six earths,” said Meghan Kallman, co-founder of Conceivable Future.

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