I’m Afraid To Have Kids Because Of Climate Change

And many other millennials are facing the same problem

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Since I was a little boy, my dream was always to have kids of my own. One day, I wanted to meet an amazing woman & to raise a family in the beautiful city of Toronto.

That was my idea of living a happy life.

But over the past few years, I’ve noticed an increasing amount of natural disasters happening throughout the entire globe. For example, wildfires in California & British Colombia have forced many people living nearby to evacuate their homes in fear of their lives.

Hurricanes in the Caribbean are becoming more common as the years go by, creating devastation in areas such as The Bahamas or Puerto Rico. Before the world recovers from one disaster, our attention quickly focuses on another somewhere else on the planet.

In my mind, I’m continually asking one question: How much worse is it going to get?

Sadly, the scientific consensus seems to suggest that the frequency of such events is only going to increase over time. Quoting an article from Scientific American:

“As climate change makes oceans hotter, there is more heat — more energy — available, so there is likely to be an increase in hurricane activity. That can be the size of the storms, their duration, and their intensity.”

So with the United Nations predicting a predicted global temperature increase of 3–5 degrees by the year 2100, one can only ask, “what kind of world are we leaving for our children?”

Although this is an interesting thought, it merely leaves us with more questions than answers:

  • Will our coastal cities still be intact?
  • How will the rise in sea levels affect the country’s population?
  • And what can be done to protect the millions of animal species who are also affected by the climate crisis?

Naturally, I can’t help but wonder about the type of world they shall grow up in.

I fear that they may never witness the simplicity of a bumblebee flying through fields of flowers, or a polar bear wandering the wilderness of the Canadian arctic.

I’m worried about how natural disasters such as wildfires shall impact their livelihoods, and may eventually force them to leave their homes.

Perhaps this is what the Former-French President Francois Hollande meant when he said, “we have a single mission: to protect and hand on the planet to the next generation.” Regardless of your views on climate change, we can all agree that it’s essential to protect the integrity of our children’s future.

I’m not going to say that you need to change your lifestyle, habits, or any of the other stuff which climate activists try to force down your throat. That’s not my style. Instead, take a moment to think about the following question:

If we do not take immediate action to create a better future for ourselves, our children, and the entire planet, who will?

I write for people who want to live a happier life in the modern world. Let’s chat: Mattlillywhitemedium@gmail.com

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