"Do you want to have a baby? But, on a planet rocked by the climate crisis,
ecosystem collapse, famine and poverty, is having one just adding to the
problem – and therefore unethical?
I am a PhD Candidate at Monash Bioethics Centre, and I research the ethics of
procreation in a time of climate change. I’ve found there’s no simple “yes” or
“no” answer to whether we should produce more children when Earth is in such
People who want to have children are faced with a dilemma. Creating a child who
will be responsible for high emissions over their lifetime requires others to
stay in poverty (if the planet is to operate within its physical limits). This,
it can easily be argued, furthers injustice and inequality.
But many of us want to have children – doing so can be one of the most
meaningful things we do with our life.
What should we do? Ethics can provide an answer. It shows there is a moral
obligation to consider the effects of child-bearing without obliging people to
not have children as a result."
*** Xanni ***