Is it still OK to have kids?
That’s the question college students are beginning to ask themselves — or be asked — after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) suggested that it may be more moral not to and a couple of British women went on TV to share about a growing movement of couples that are opting out of child-rearing due to environmental reasons.
“Even since my parents had me, we’ve destroyed 60 percent of life on this planet,” 25-year-old Alice Brown of BirthStrike wildly claimed. “What will that be like when my child is my age? Will there be 10 percent left?”
“Each day for me is a struggle,” she admitted. “I’m so depressed. I feel so hopeless.”
“I’m concerned they [new babies] won’t have a life,” BirthStrike founder Blythe Pepino bemoaned. “I’m concerned there is no future for that child.”
The Daily Caller decided to see if that level of pessimism had leaked onto U.S. college campuses yet. They spoke with students on the campus of American University in Washington, D.C.
"Realistically having a ton of kids is just super not good for the environment," one female student replied, not clarifying what she meant, but at least it sounded like the right thing to say.
“I don’t think we should stop having kids,” another woman said, who is all in favor of Ocasio-Cortez’ Green New Deal.
“That’s just dumb,” said a male student who likes the concept of the Green New Deal but doesn’t think it’s practical. “I’m sure the world is going to be harder, but we’re humans. We survive. Adaptability.”
“Having one or two kids is perfectly OK,” said one female student before adding, “I think.”
“Spreading your DNA is kind of selfish, especially in the reason that we have a super huge overpopulation crisis,” said a depressed-sounding male student. “And that contributes more and more and more to global warming.”
“No, you shouldn’t have your own kids,” he continued, before giving everyone whiplash by saying, “You can! There’s nothing wrong with it, but, like, I personally for that reason could justify for my whole life not having kids.”
“I agree,” a female student said about the concept of maybe not having kids. “I think the last thing I saw was that 32 percent of people below the age of 25 were, like, seriously considering not having kids. So many animals and plants are dying right now that, like, what world will they [children] live in?”
Asked if he supported a government-mandated “one child” policy, a young man said, “Exactly. I could see something like that happening. That’s a little more reasonable than, you know, like, not having any children at all.”
“It’s human nature to reproduce,” said one female student. “And it is not human nature to be greedy and, like, take from the resources that we have and overuse. So, there can definitely be another way [to save the environment] besides not having children.”
There was certainly no consensus on whether or not to have kids, but there was certainly a consensus of fear. Watch the man-on-the-street interviews with the college kids below: