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Is it OK to still have children? How climate change is challenging parents

It’s becoming impossible to sustain belief in that eternal hope: that our children’s lives will be better than our own

By Hephzibah Anderson   March 2020

Illustration: Kate Hazell

There are plenty of reasons not to have children, from economic uncertainty and competing priorities to plain and simple dislike of society’s littlest members. Nor is childlessness always voluntary. Yet among those for whom it is a decision, a new factor is weighing increasingly heavily: climate change. After decades of insufficient action, the warming Earth has come to seem like a timebomb whose ticking is drowning out even women’s biological clocks. As US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bluntly asked…

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