Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez right to ask if the climate means we should have fewer children?

| February 27, 2019 | Leave a Comment


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Media Type: News / Op - Ed

Date of Publication: February 27, 2019

Author(s): Matthew Taylor

Newspaper: The Guardian

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On Instagram, the congresswoman said millennials are choosing to be childless because of the climate crisis. But that approach risks overlooking systematic factors.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, freshman congresswoman and social media sensation, has taken time out from baiting Donald Trump and establishment members of her own party to raise a profound moral question for us all: in light of the escalating climate emergency, should we still be having children?

During a recent Q&A live-streamed on Instagram, apparently shot while she was pottering in her kitchen, the rising star of the Democratic party – and one of the few frontline politicians to get the scale of the environmental emergency – pulled no punches in telling viewers that unless we take urgent, radical action on emissions, there is no hope for the future. “It is basically a scientific consensus that the lives of our children are going to be very difficult, and it does lead young people to have a legitimate question: is it OK to still have children?”

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  • Ronnie Hawkins

    “. . . there is also the thorny question of exactly who should be having fewer kids: an American is responsible for 40 times the emissions produced by a Bangladeshi, but often those who advocate population reduction focus on women in the developing world.” Hey, sorry, this finger-pointing needed to end several decades ago. We ALL need to cut back on our population growth, and we ALL need to cut our consumption of meat and other unnecessary things that we have learned to “DEMAND” thanks to the globally propagated messages on our electronic media. Certainly the population growth rates of SubSaharan African countries need to come down from the 3% range, and if we are going to talk about CONSUMPTION, we have to talk about the consumption of “bushmeat”–absolutely unconscionable for humans as a SPECIES! Moreover, the “developed” world has a responsibility for dealing with this situation–let’s use our money game to put things right (as right as they can be put, given such a terrible situation)–since we could have prevented it with a little effort and a little HONESTY many years ago!

  • Greeley Miklashek

    EXCELLENT! This is the core issue in the “climate change” environmental collapse debate. We are now 3,000 times as many as were our hunter-gatherer ancestors just 12,000 years ago at the inception of the agricultural revolution. That population lived in migratory bands/clans and kept a steady state population in order to balance their resource needs with what the natural environment could provide. We have manipulated the hell out of the natural world in order to feed 220,000 new mouths per day, even though population density stress is killing us now and will only become more lethal by the day. Only a female led movement for one-child families can turn this momentum toward extinction around and restore the planet to health. Go AOC! I’ve written a 623 page e-book on this subject, which is available for free as a PDF in the MAHB e-library. I discovered this built-in killing machine in my 42 year medical practice and now I’m trying to get the word out before it’s too late, because the final stage of Mother Nature’s population regulation mechanism is growing infertility and family dissolution. Infertility has grown 100% in the past 34 years, and sperm counts have fallen 59% in 38 years. See a trend here? I do. Stress R Us (also the title of my book)