There is a movement of Millennials deciding not to have kids because of the climate crisis we are facing. It’s not a small movement and it’s not without very valid concerns.
But what if you’re someone who is deeply worried about climate change and also a parent (or planning/wanting to become one)? Despite the fact that Millennials and our children will be heavily impacted by future climate change, a Johns Hopkins study found that “overall, millennials demonstrate similar or less engagement on global warming than older generations.” But as parents, it is our responsibility to take action and protect the future of our kin. As Elliot Haspel wrote this week, “For millennial parents, this is personal, as personal as it gets: Our kids will suffer. It will be our fault. And we will be around to watch it happen.”
This is our future and our children’s future. The time to act is now and the power to do so lies with each of us. As we head back to school and into the early start of primary electoral season, we urge everyone to consider the future of the planet and the climate.
What steps do you take to educate your children about climate change? How are you getting them involved? We’re talking about this at Kunik and we’d love to hear your thoughts.