Climate Crisis : Birth strike

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Scientists, to some people, are bad. The cause: Scientists present horrifying facts about climate.

To many others, scientists are good persons, doing incredible work, helping humanity. With latest findings on climate crisis, scientists are making the world aware: Get rid of the system creating the crisis.

Climate crisis is hurting all in the global South and North. Parts in the global North, to some extent, will pay more than parts in the South.

It’s impossible to find a single person who doesn’t love offspring. This love makes many parents, would-be-parents and prospective-parents concerned with this planet going to be a devastating place.

Climate crisis is doing the ruining job – a scene-inferno. The ominous rates are quickening; sometimes, faster than scientists calculated. Today, all know these scaring facts.

This makes many people question: What is waiting for our daughters and sons in the world they will be living? How much will they suffer? Eco-anxiety is occupying discussions with increasing rate.

Children are heavenly. Seeing them suffer is hellishly painful. Even, imagination of their suffering is a nightmare.

Hence, groups of persons are pondering whether to bring a child on the world with a collapsing ecosystem that makes life unbearable.

In the UK, BirthStrike, with its more than 330 members, has voluntarily made a resolve – they shall not have any children as long as political will to harness climate crisis continues to languish.

Blythe Pepino, a musician from the UK, was yearning to be a mother. But her motherhood dream faded away as she came across a 2018 UN report that warned: We have just 12 years to act to resist climate crisis.

Pepino organized the BirthStrike. A HuffPost report – “Women are sharing the devastating reason they’re deciding not to have children” – carries details.

The July 1, 2019 report by Laura Paddison informs: Pepino put her concerns on Facebook, and 50 persons expressed the same concern. They signed the declaration. BirthStrike was formed in 2018. Their aim: Spread the message about crumbling ecology, wake people up, get together.

It’s a form of protest. Many persons differ with the BirthStrike that aims to organize a support network and a movement. To the persons in disagreement, it’s surrendering of rights to a system devastating our planet.

How much it matters with whether it’s a protest or not? How much it matters whether it’s justified or not? It’s a painful expression of a group of mothers’ dream: A happy, peaceful life for our daughters and sons.

There’s Conceivable Future (CF). Its co-founders Meghan Kallman, a sociologist and city councilor, and Josephine Ferorelli, a writer, illustrator and yoga instructor, were concerned with climate crisis and having children.

CF’s effort: Inject some humanity into the debate on climate crisis.

CF brings persons without children, expecting parents or parents having children together to talk about the crisis through the lens of their parenthood hopes and fears.

The organization tries to send message: “… a dark situation we’re in.”

To Kallman, social movements turn successful when people understand its meaning for their own lives.

They film parents’ feelings – “testimonies”. Mei’s is one of the most recent.

Mei, a Chicago resident, turned anxious: The world she would be leaving to a potential child. She had long debates with her husband. Finally, they decided to go for it. Mei is expecting her first baby in August. But she remains deeply worried.

Other testimonies are of the agony of indecision. Meghan Hoskins from New Hampshire very much wants kids. But, she is “afraid that they will eventually have to live in a world where there is no fresh water and that is increasingly full of dangerous and toxic chemicals.”

None of these organizations is population control movement.

Londoner Lucie Brown, mother of two and a climate activist, says being a parent inspires her activism. “Maybe having children and experiencing that grief and fear for the future”, she told HuffPost, has motivated her “to find the power … to say actually we can — and we have to — change the systems that we’re living within.”

She said: “I don’t know in this moment [whether] I would have children if I was currently without children.”

Jessica Garrett, a science educator from Somerville, Massachusetts, said, “How could I do my first job as a parent: keep him safe and healthy?”

She said: “We could share our fears and grief and hopes for our children. And then we go out together and speak up.”

If she were deciding now, she said, she might not have had any children.

The system is destructing motherhood. Mothers fear the future – a burning Earth.

Yet, the system is operating!

However, hope shouldn’t be lost.

Despite mothers’ fear, Laura concludes: “I would still have children again. … there is hope in humanity. There has to be.”


Note: All information is from the cited report.

Farooque Chowdhury writes from Dhaka.


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