A group of environmental activists in the United Kingdom say that they're too "freaked out" about the potential effects of climate change to have children.
"Our planet is in a kind of collapse," Blythe Pepino said in an interview with BBC News. "The natural world is collapsing around us, and that's actually happening right now. And I'm so disappointed by the response by our authorities to this crisis, and so freaked out by it, everything I've read, that I've — basically last year I came to the decision that I couldn't bring a child into that."
Pepino is the founder of a group called BirthStrike, a group of about 60 women who have pledged not to have any children until they are assured that Earth "no longer faces global extinction." She said that the women behind the group "realized it was really important to tell the public that there are people out there who are so scared about this that they feel that they can't actually have a family."
In a separate interview, Pepino told the Times of London that she has a partner "and would like to have children with him. We're really in love and it feels like the right thing to do." However, after she read the 2018 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC] she "realized how wrong it would be to bring a child into a world on the brink of catastrophe."
Another member of the group, Alice Brown, told the BBC that she has felt "so hopeless" about the loss of biodiversity on the planet. She said her "decision to be on Birthstrike has mostly come from not wanting to pass that fear on to someone else."
Brown said that her choice wasn't just about "being a nature and wildlife enthusiast" but that the she believed the path the Earth was heading down was "dangerous."