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2018-02-05. No Children Because of Climate Change? Some People Are Considering It.

posted Feb 13, 2018, 1:22 PM by Alan Gould
By Maggie Astor, The New York Times. For GSS Population Growth chapter 7, Climate Change chapter 10. Excerpt: It is not an easy time for people to feel hopeful, with the effects of global warming no longer theoretical, projections becoming more dire and governmental action lagging. And while few, if any, studies have examined how large a role climate change plays in people’s childbearing decisions, it loomed large in interviews with more than a dozen people ages 18 to 43. ...there is a sense of being saddled with painful ethical questions that previous generations did not have to confront. Some worry about the quality of life children born today will have as shorelines flood, wildfires rage and extreme weather becomes more common. Others are acutely aware that having a child is one of the costliest actions they can take environmentally. ... Cate Mumford, 28, is a Mormon, and Mormons believe God has commanded them to “multiply and replenish the earth.” But even in her teens, she said, she could not get another point of doctrine out of her head: “We are stewards of the earth.”... https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/05/climate/climate-change-children.html