Please invest in Our Daily Planet today, by making a one time or monthly contribution.
We do not charge our readers a subscription fee for our content. We want to continue to grow our readership, particularly among millennials and public servants. Voluntary contributions from readers will help us employ interns and freelance journalists, expand our content, and reach a larger audience.
If you make a contribution of $150 or more, you will become an official “Friend of the Planet” and receive a Friend of the Planet T-shirt or water bottle. You can also submit opinion essays to us for our consideration for posting on our new “Bright Ideas” op-ed page.
For the first time in history, people who want to have kids are having to face the hard truth that the world is undoubtedly going to be a worse place for their children because of climate change. The cascading effects of global warming, rising sea levels, and diminishing resources, while important issues now, will be even more relevant to those coming into the world a couple of decades down the line, when the full extent of today’s mistakes will be felt and known.
Why This Matters: The extent to which the impacts of global climate change will be felt in the US for future generations to come is largely dependent on the actions we take now to adapt and mitigate these changes. When you combine rising world populations with the potential growth in species extinction that scientists now says is underway, many people doubt that the planet will be able to sustain our growing needs. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preventing global warming from reaching 2 degrees Celsius is the only way the United States, and the rest of the world can stop these future predicted disasters from becoming a reality.
The government reported last year that U.S. birth rates had hit a 30-year low (attributed partly to millennials who felt they were under economic duress)
30 percent of Americans agree, at least somewhat, that the potentially life-threatening effects of climate change should be factored into decisions about whether to have children.
Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in an Instagram live video, asked “Is it okay to still have children?” and declares that this is a legitimate question given the looming crisis of climate change – the scientific consensus is that the lives of children are going to be very difficult.
Damning Reports: In a federal report released in 2018, the effect of climate change in the near future on the U.S. economy is predicted to be severely and crippling. It is estimated that the damage could cost hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century if things continue as they are now. From increased wildfires in California and powerful hurricanes in the South, to fuel shortages and increased power outages nationwide, climate change threatens not just the economy, but human security. More than anyone or anything, it is the future generations who will feel the brunt of this burden. It is these issues Millennials today are thinking long and hard about when considering the life-changing decisions to have kids.
BirthStrike: A UK-based voluntary organization called BirthStrike is part of a growing movement that is encouraging future parents to reconsider their decision to conceive and instead vow not to procreate in the face of climate change. Already 200 members globally have declared that they will not have children in response to the “civilization collapse” as a result of climate change.
The coronavirus pandemic has compounded food insecurity around the world and in the United States has placed great strain on foodbanks. As a result, faith groups have worked diligently to help feed their neighbors. As CNN reported, Gurpreet Singh and other members of the Sikh community in Riverside, California, started to organize efforts to […]
We asked Lori about Climate Power 2020’s work to stop the spread of climate misinformation on Facebook. ODP: Facebook promised it would fact check misinformation and even created an Oversight Board and fact-checking operation to make sure it was not spreading lies. But disinformation about climate change is still getting posted on Facebook. What happened? […]
Climate change is having long-term effects on the marriage prospects of farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India,The Conversation reported today. As part of a larger project running from 2018 to 2021, the researchers interviewing over 1000 farmers to learn about the “increasing vulnerability of agriculture” in the region. What they found was, in their own words, “unexpected.”
Why This Matters: As the researchers note in their study, “the focus on climate change hitherto has mostly focused on the impacts on the natural environment.”
Our Daily Planet is your daily dose of the stories shaping our world and the ways that you can take action. From the climate crisis to the protection of biodiversity, if these issues matter to you then please subscribe & stay informed!
Your privacy is Important! We promise never to use your email address to send you spam or advertisements.