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Climate Activists Face Extinction As ‘Birthstrikers’ Refuse To Have Children

The Times

Some people avoid travelling by plane, others cut out meat, now hundreds of people are refusing to have babies in an attempt to avert the “existential threat” of the climate crisis.

Meet the Birthstrikers: women and men who have chosen not to procreate until action is taken by governments to halt the impending ecological disaster.

The movement, which believes that children should not be brought into a world in which climate-induced wildfires, droughts and food shortages will hit millions of people, drew some judgment and ridicule when it was launched in March.

But in the week when the Duke of Sussex said he and his wife had a two-maximum policy on children and the UK birth rate fell to the lowest in 80 years, the Birthstrike ideology does not seem so radical. A study from 2017 found the “greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child”.

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