Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) suggested the other day that it might be a more moral choice for young couples to not give birth to children, what with the world ending in 12 years and all that.
Now two liberal British women have made TV appearances to explain why they’re part of a growing group of young people who believe it wouldn’t be right to bring new life into this world. Why? Because they’re petrified.
Asked by BBC journalist Victory Derbyshire why she founded BirthStrike, Blythe Pepino replied, “Because I’m terrified, and that’s putting it mildly.”
“Our planet is in a kind of collapse,” Pepino claimed. “That natural world is collapsing around us. That is actually happening right now. And I’m so disappointed by the response by our authorities to this crisis...”
“...and so freaked out by it.”
“Last year I came to the decision that I couldn’t bring a child into that,” she admitted, saying quite a few other people she’s contacted on social media are making the same choice.
“We realized it was really important to tell the public that there are people out there that are so scared of this that they feel that can’t actually have a family,” Pepino continued.
“Each day for me is a struggle,” fellow BirthStriker Alice Brown admitted.
“I’m so depressed. I feel so hopeless.”
She said her “fear that I’ve never felt before” came from U.N. reports about declining insect populations, mass starvation, and human extinction.
“Even since my parents had me, we’ve destroyed 60 percent of life on this planet,” 25-year-old Brown wildly claimed. “What will that be like when my child is my age? Will there be 10 percent left?”
“I’m concerned they won’t have a life,” Pepino bemoaned. “I’m concerned there is no future for that child.”
The BirthStrike founder explained that she finds it difficult to congratulate her friends who get pregnant because “I’m terrified for that child.”
After hearing a text message from someone who felt that anything to reduce the world’s population — war, genocide, starvation, disease, natural disasters — is a good thing, Pepino insisted she’s not in favor of population control and mass deaths.
Why? Because she thinks it’s too late to stop our mass extinction by reducing births and she just wants to spare her potential future children from that fate.
As for the decision to not have children herself, Pepino said, “It’s really hard to emotionally come to terms with a decision like this.”
Both she and Brown said they’ll consider the possibility of having children in a decade or so if humans make radical changes to how they live and reverse climate change, but they personally have very little hope of that happening.
Watch that six-and-a-half-minute interview below: