Climate campaigner wonders whether it’s immoral to have kids

Former Vibe editor and current author Dave Bry wondered publicly in a Saturday editorial for The Guardian whether or not it is moral to birth a child in a world that could supposedly become uninhabitable within the next few decades.

“For while the world is a wonderful place, one we humans have made nicer Daily Caller  New Foundationfor ourselves with wonderful inventions like books and record players, penicillin and pizza,” Bry, the author of “Public Apology: In Which a Man Grapples With a Lifetime of Regret, One Incident at a Time,” wrote. “It’s also a really awful place, one we’ve ravaged with deforestation and smog, nuclear weapons and mountains of pizza delivery boxes and other garbage.”

And the fact that “climate change has sped up – sea level rise that was supposed to take centuries has recently been projected as taking just decades,” he wrote, only complicates his decision to have children.

Bry goes on to note his concern that humans may be living through what  David Brymany environmentalists and conservationists call the “Sixth Extinction,” which is understood to mean an era when more than half of all earth-living species will croak.

Such claims have become popular among academic sophisticates.

Timothy Pachirat, a comparative political science professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, shares a similar, low drum view of humanity.

“We humans are creating the conditions for our own extinction as a species,” Pachirat told his students Dec. 30, shortly before the last day of class. He also stated that meat eaters contribute to global warming, because eating animals shows that “we are living in a period of more suffering than the world has ever known.”

Most geologists beg to differ with such pessimistic accounts of the end times because they say humans and plant life typically evolve before they go extinct.

“When organisms challenged by climate change respond by adapting, they evolve,” Stewart Brand, the president of the Long Now Foundation and co-founder of the Revive and Restore project, wrote in an essay published at Aeon.

Still, talk of a so-called sixth extinction is not fading away.

Bry used a New York Times interview with climate scientist James Hansen, who is often touted as the godfather of the climate action movement, to bolster his account that humans are killing themselves through so-called man-made global warming.

Hansen told the New York Times that the world would likely be under ocean water within decades, not centuries.

“Imagine that,” Bry added in his missive, “New York, Tokyo, Mumbai, Shanghai, Bangkok, Amsterdam, Miami would go first. Think about the implications. Global economic collapse, famine, border disputes, wars. Jesus, just the inland traffic.”

Thinking of this horrific, apocalyptic scenario makes it difficult for Bry to decide whether to sire another child — Bry is already a father to an 11-year-old son.

And since man-made global warming is a real concern for future generations, “what kind of world would my great-great-grandchildren inhabit?” he wrote.

Bry rhetorically asked himself if it is immoral to bring a kid into a world ravaged by pot-marked roads brought asunder by man’s unwillingness to meet climate change head-on.

In the end, Bry concluded, he is willing to jump back in the fray again if it means getting a shot at bringing into this world a person capable of saving humans from themselves.

This article originally appeared in The Daily Caller

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  • Scott Scarborough

    The world has always been full of nutcases. My grandmother told me about when she was a little kid (about 1918) and she heard her mother and mothers friends talking. They were saying that the world would end soon because mankind has learned just about everything there is to know.

  • derekcolman

    Humans can not go extinct barring a monumental catastrophe such as an asteroid collision. Humans are equipped with intelligence that enables them to adapt to even extreme changes in their environment. Humans already inhabit some of the coldest and some of the hottest areas of the planet and have done so without the benefit of technology for thousands of years. You only have to look at the inuits who used to live in the frozen north in permanent below zero temperatures and live on animal blubber, or the Australian aborigenies who lived in conditions of extreme drought, collecting water from the desert and eating insect grubs. A vastly changed global climate would likely wipe out millions of humans, but significant numbers will survive and go on to create a new human condition.

  • WilliamSpires

    The criminally insane save the world crowd are out in full force; how long before the “Have a baby – go to jail”, “Eat an animal – go to jail” or “Deny climate change – go to jail” bumper stickers are released ? As an alternative I would suggest that the heroes(????) voluntarily eliminate themselves from the picture and prove they are really concerned about the planet.