Should White Children Be Our Future?
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is once again under fire from the regressive right because she has questioned whether people should have children when their future is shrouded in doubt due to the oncoming catastrophe that climate change will bring.
The Republicans want to put their fingers in their ears and pretend that the disaster which their policies have created is either not real, these are the deniers, or that because other countries aren’t going to go to zero emissions neither should we. In other words their only proposal is to do nothing or in the case of The President to rapidly expand the exploitation of fossil fuels and to keep fuel prices low so that we can drive the earth as quickly as possible off the cliff.
This is why AOC has proposed in strident terms her Green New Deal because without a radical solution the world is heading towards climate catastrophe. Negotiating with Republicans is no longer a possibility and even many within her own party such as Dianne Feinstein are part of the problem. So having children in this context is at best reckless and it may even be a crime against humanity.
The population of the world is currently 7.6 billion and that figure is projected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050. The world is already groaning under the strain of humanity´s excesses and this increase in population can only further fuel climate change. It is therefore incumbent upon those of us in the first world to show an example to the rest of the world. The carbon footprint of the average American is almost twenty times that of the average Nigerian therefore it is frankly immoral and profoundly selfish for Americans to have children.
Republicans cry and moralize about late term abortions or about the killing of new-born infants not wanted by their parents but in reality abortion is in climate terms the only moral choice. Equally the very elderly and infirm who are being kept alive and comfortable produce enormous amounts of CO2 emissions and it must now be asked whether a dignified death might not better for them and for the planet. Quite simply they have exhausted many times over their carbon allowance and as part of the generation responsible for creating this mess they should now be willing to make sacrifices to try to avert the looming disaster.
We must leave behind us a planet that is habitable for those who are to come. The terrible excesses of the western world dictate that we do not deserve to be the ones to enjoy that future. In particular the privileged white people who have tyrannically controlled the world for so long and who are responsible for the state of our planet should make the sacrifice of not having children so that the children of those less fortunate may have a future.
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