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Climate ‘apocalypse’ fears stopping people having children – study

First academic survey of issue also finds some parents voicing regrets about having offspringPeople worried about the climate crisis are deciding not

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First academic survey of issue also finds some parents voicing regrets about having offspring

People worried about the climate crisis are deciding not to have children because of fears that their offspring would have to struggle through a climate apocalypse, according to the first academic study of the issue.

The researchers surveyed 600 people aged 27 to 45 who were already factoring climate concerns into their reproductive choices and found 96% were very or extremely concerned about the wellbeing of their potential future children in a climate-changed world. One 27-year-old woman said: “I feel like I can’t in good conscience bring a child into this world and force them to try and survive what may be apocalyptic conditions.”

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