Saturday, August 31, 2019

Definition: Environmental Antinatalism - and why it is flawed

"environmental antinatalism" is my new term for the opposition to birthing new children on environmental grounds. The reasoning goes: If you have no children (or fewer children), you are helping the environment, because each child has a carbon footprint that you are eliminating. The opposing argument is that if all environmentalist decline to have children, there will be no one in the next generation to fight for the environment.

This topic is discussed in two videos of mine:


Both videos fail to concisely summarize my point. My compact response to environmental antinatalism is this (as published in the description of the 2nd video):
Carbon is the biggest component in global warming. Carbon is added to the atmosphere mainly through the burning of fossil fuels, which take carbon out of the ground and put it into the air. Simply having a child doesn't necessarily add to fossil fuel use, which depends more on other factors, like technology, regulatory policy and the amount of fossil fuels available. For example, if the baby lives in a society that uses renewable energy sources like hydroelectric and wind power, their fossil fuel usage could be very low. At the same time, children of environmentalists tend to be environmentalists themselves and can exert political pressure on government policy to reduce fossil fuel usage. Without them, the anti-environmentalists will rule the planet, and Earth will get trashed.
"Environmental antinatalism" was first defined in a tweet on 17 Aug 2019.

Also see my Instagram posts on Antinatalism.

Ironic point I failed to make in 2nd video: If your care about the amount of carbon humans generate, regardless of its source, then you should kill all the whales and elephants, because they breathe out a lot of carbon dioxide.

The videos...


Definition: Environmental Antinatalism - and why it is flawed

" environmental antinatalism " is my new term for the opposition to birthing new children on environmental grounds. The reasoning ...