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Emma Lim, an 18-year-old student at McGill University in Montreal, kicked off the movement with her own pledge to avoid having children until the Canadian government comes up with what they consider to be a realistic plan to stop climate change.
Lim kicked off the movement on Parliament Hill on Monday. The movement, titled #NoFutureNoChildren, invites all Canadian people to participate.
"Our government isn't doing enough," Lim complained on CBC Montreal's "Daybreak Tuesday." She insisted that any actions thus far are "nowhere near the action needed." She insisted that the movement breaks her heart, because she really does want to have children.
"I am giving up my chance of having a family because I will only have children if I know I can keep them safe," she wrote on the pledge website. "It breaks my heart, but I created this pledge because I know I am not alone."
'It's something everybody feels'
The student also explained that she launched the pledge so that others could "understand how the fear of climate is so unquestioned in my generation."
"It's something everybody feels," she added. "Where in my parent's or grandparent's generation, believing in climate change is often a matter of opinion and not survival."
More than 1,000 people signed her online pledge as of Tuesday. A portion of the pledge reads, "I pledge to not have children until I am sure my government will ensure a safe future for them."
Lim told Business Insider that the government needs to implement a "comprehensive plan" to combat climate change.
"I have always, always wanted to be a mom, for as long as I can remember," Lim said. "But I will not bring a child into a world where they will not be safe. I would like to see the government develop a comprehensive plan to stay below 1.5 degrees [Celsius] of warming."
On Twitter, Lim wrote, "Young People across Canada are pledging not to have children out of fear for their futures. @Canada_Strike Emma Lim @e_mareil created the pledge to be both an expression of fear and a plea for action. Learn more: http://nofuturepledge.ca #NoFutureNoChildren."
Young People across Canada are pledging not to have children out of fear for their futures. @Canada_Strike Emma Li… https://t.co/MnzRkAYeTC— Emma Lim (@Emma Lim) 1568645482.0