When New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had one of her Facebook Lives, she began doomsaying about the future of the Earth, citing humanity as the prime culprit for the ruination of the planet that is apparently going to end in 12 years according to her crystal ball.
During the FBLive, she made mention of our children’s future, noting that “the lives of children are going to be very difficult” and noted that young people are now asking whether or not having children is okay.
The Daily Caller decided to take a trip to American University in Washington, D.C. to get a read on just how those same young people really feel about having children, and got some pretty interesting answers.
The Daily Caller reported that while students were overwhelmingly for the Green New Deal, the idea of refusing to have children was mixed:
One student told The Daily Caller News Foundation that “realistically having a ton of kids is just super not good for the environment,” but “having one or two kids is perfectly safe and OK.” Another student said that “spreading your DNA is kind of selfish, especially when we have a super huge overpopulation crisis.”
When asked if the birth strike movement was smart, one male student said it was “dumb,” while another called an idea like China’s one child policy more “reasonable.”
A scientific consensus is still relatively out on whether man-made climate change is a thing, though members of the church of climate change would tell you that it’s all your fault. In fact, increases in carbon dioxide have theoretically contributed to an unreported “global greening” where more trees have popped up in unexpected places than not.
But, as Forbes noted, decreasing the population by refusing to have children will only hurt us in the long run as the workforce literally ages and dies out with no one there to replace them. In fact, it’s already begun to happen in various countries:
In many of these countries, rising debt burdens and shrinking labor markets have already slowed economic growth and suppressed any hope for a major long-term turnaround. The same will happen to even the best-run European economies, just as it has in Japan, whose decades-long growth spurt ended as its workforce began to shrink.
By 2030 the weight of an aging population will strangle what’s left of these economies. Germany, Japan, Italy and Portugal, for example, will all have only two workers for every retiree. The U.S. will fare somewhat better, with closer to three workers per retiree. By 2030 the median age will also be higher in China and Korea than in the U.S. This age difference will grow substantially by 2050, according to the Stanford Center on Longevity.
Be fruitful and multiply.