Malthusian depopulationists - or afraid of climate change?
Young adults afraid for the future of their families are the latest victims of climate blame-shifting
A few years back, my girlfriend and I decided that if we got married, we wouldn’t have kids. I’ve always gotten along well with children and, having played 709 hours of God of War, am convinced that I’d be a good father; I think she would have been a good mother, and I know that she wished she could be. But she was a scientist, she knew what climate change looked like, and she had become convinced that we were in for a cascade of slow-rolling ecological catastrophes that would begin in our lifetime. My take was even more pessimistic, because I knew what a complete farce the environmentalist rhetoric coming out of the UN and Washington was; I’d also begun thinking a lot about the geopolitics at work, how heatwaves could turn into famines could turn into wars. We spent a lot of time arguing about this, but on one point we were on the same page: the world was looking like an extremely scary place to have kids.