Research shows that several people around the world are deciding not to have children, or have less of them, due to growing concerns of the impact of human activities on the climate. “Having a child is 7-times worse for the climate in CO2 emissions annually than the next 10 most discussed mitigants that individuals can do,” researchers at Morgan Stanley, a US investment bank, said last month.
The latest on climate change: Earlier this week, the United Nations issued a “code red for humanity” report where it warned that rapid actions are needed to avert extreme cases of floods, droughts, heatwaves, and storms.
Should climate change influence family planning? Top celebrities around the world have argued in favour of limiting the size of their family to save the earth. Last month, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won an environmental award for their decision to have only two children citing environmental factors. However, Albert Mohler, author and theologian, in response to the new climate report, noted that, “[I]f supposedly the answer is having fewer human beings, then the problem has been grotesquely misunderstood.”