The researchers polled 600 people aged 27 to 45 who were already considering climate change in their reproductive decisions and discovered that 96 percent were very or extremely concerned about the well-being of their future children in a changing climate. According to the researchers, these opinions were formed based on extremely pessimistic assessments of global warming’s impact on the world.
According to the first academic study of the issue, people concerned about the climate crisis are deciding not to have children out of fear that their offspring will have to survive a climate apocalypse. Having a child also means that person will likely produce a lifetime of carbon emissions that contribute to the climate crisis, but only 60% of those polled were concerned about this carbon footprint. Despite the fact that women made up three-quarters of the respondents, the study found no statistically significant difference between men and women’s perspectives.
Despite the fact that women made up three-quarters of the respondents, the study found no statistically significant difference between men and women’s perspectives. The researchers discovered that 6% of parents admitted to having regrets about having children. The study analysed a large group of concerned people and is the first peer-reviewed academic study of the issue. The survey was conducted anonymously so that participants could freely express themselves.
Other findings included that younger people were more concerned than older respondents about the climate impacts their children would face, and that adoption was seen as a viable alternative to having biological children. Climate-related fears for their children’s lives were found to be rooted in a pessimistic view of the future, according to the study. 92.3 percent of the 400 people who gave their predictions for the future were negative, 5.6 percent were mixed or neutral, and only 0.6 percent were optimistic.