‘We have been abandoned by our leadership to committing species-wide suicide via lawless economics and business…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Some left-wing activists are taking on climate change the best way they know how—by refusing to reproduce.
The Birth Strike movement was launched by a group of activists so alarmed over global warming and the prospect of long-term climate catastrophe that they decided to go on strike from having babies.
The members of Birth Strike—or #BirthStrike, as it’s known on social media—say they made the collective decision not to bear children “due to the severity of the ecological crisis and the current inaction of governing forces in the face if this existential threat,” according to the group’s organizing declaration.
“We are on course for ‘no future’ and our government is steering us there,” the declaration says. “We have been abandoned by our leadership to committing species-wide suicide via lawless economics and business.”
The group says it stands in solidarity with the “environmental justice” movement, which is similar to social justice but for the environment.
However, Birth Strike says it differs from some other radical climate-change groups in that it doesn’t prioritize population control; rather it sees reproduction self-denial as tactic to achieve “system change.”
Birth Strike’s Twitter page calls for followers to “rebel for system change now,” and its founding declaration supports “acts of rebellion and widespread system change in order to urgently save our future.”
Are you too scared to bring a child into a world facing ecological breakdown? Do you want to wake people up to action?
Join us by filling out this form: https://t.co/CCP4NAujW8
— BirthStrike (@BirthStrike) March 8, 2019
The group recently increased its profile after socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-NY, said last month that the concern over having children in the face of climate Armageddon was a “legitimate question.”
Birth Strike co-founder, Blythe Pepino, appeared on the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” show last week to discuss the group’s beliefs.
“What you’re describing sounds very much like a religious conversion, and the life you’re living seems almost a monastic life,” Carlson said. “Has that occurred to you? You’re giving up family for the cause.”
But unlike religious orders, who sought to withdraw from the corrupting influence of the world, Pepino said social activism and change was the main reason for the group’s mass-celibacy.
“This is my way of saying, come on, humanity, we’ve got two options,” Pepino said. “We’re either going to commit some kind of species suicide by ignoring the issue because we’re too afraid of the change … or we’re going to unite together and at least try and manage some of the collapse that’s predicted in a sensible and rational way.”
“We just met, it’s a little early for me to be giving you advice,” Carlson said. “I think you should have children, I think they solve a lot of problems and put things in perspective.”
“We don’t have time,” Pepino said, laughing.