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"Birth striking" in protest at climate collapse

"How to continue within a species that has become so emphatically suicidal?" Blythe Pepino wants children but refuses to have them in the face of climate catastrophe. She told Brut why she became a birth striker.

26/04/2019 16:00updated: 26/04/2019 17:34
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  • Andrea B.
    12/05/2019 06:51

  • Irene S.
    11/05/2019 22:19

    Extinction: The Causes and Consequences of the Disappearance of Species. By Paul and Anne Ehrlich. (New York: Ballantine Books, 1983. xiv + 384 pp. Appendix, notes, index. Paper $4.50.) Anne LaBastille Environmental History Review, Volume 9, Issue 1, Spring 1985, Pages 76–77, https://doi.org/10.2307/3984120 Published: 01 March 1985 I read this book shortly after it came out. I was working for my state’s endangered species program. I knew then without a doubt I would never have children.

  • Edward B.
    03/05/2019 02:13

    Stop reproducing. Over population is at the centre of all global distress. Everything else comes second.

  • Roland A.
    01/05/2019 09:46

    Good we don't need her genetics and stupidity being passed on

  • John M.
    01/05/2019 05:45

    Blythe and all those that choose to not procreate live totally contrary to the second most basic instinct of all creatures, first to survive and second to carry on the species through procreation. I wonder what Blythe and others like her would have to say if all other species on Earth suddenly quite procreating? Would it be the end they all so fear or would it just be another man caused crisis?

  • Helen M.
    01/05/2019 02:45

    First world intellectual rstionalisation. Billions of people thru out the world have actually faced that reality and some or in fact most continue to have children. Her decision just means one less white person. Makes no difference to world.

  • Jim H.
    30/04/2019 21:44

    Eventhough I disagree with her viewpoint, I encourage her not to breed. she will only influence her offspring with her false ideology.

  • Renate L.
    30/04/2019 16:53

    This should not be about politics. I have made this decision 25 years ago. She should not be portrait as a hero, that is so wrong. In reality this is what a lot of people should be doing when thinking of climate change. Population is way out of control and if you really want to help: don't have kids. My carbon footprint stops here. I hate when people talk about the environment but yet they have kids, adding to the problem. Nobody wants to say that because somehow it is insensitive to speak the truth.

  • Priceadon P.
    30/04/2019 12:31

    ahhh yes 1st world problems. You make a choice not to have a baby because of climate change and 100 babies are born every minute in 3 rd world countries successfully dominating the gene pool. But in all honesty with those choppers the kids dentist bill would be very costly

  • Anna S.
    30/04/2019 10:14

    YES YES YES

  • Bill C.
    30/04/2019 08:58

    What a selfish delusional person. I'm glad she's not going to breed. She's playing God. She said 'in the last 30 years '. How does she know the thinking in 1915. Or in 1850. She said she is telling the truth. THE TRUTH DOESN'T EXIST. Get more education and your truth will move.

  • David A.
    30/04/2019 08:23

    You moron !! Uk currently has 1.6 kids for each pair of parents, Do you understand what that means ......1.6 young people have to pay tpo care for themselves and to help pay for two old people it is finacally a fail. the whole of the western world is in the same position though many are a lot worse off than Uk and USA some down to 1.2. While the islamic followers are in the range or 5.0 meaning a vast number of young to cover old cost it also means they will bred us out in a few generations. The true reason for the way we use oil and coal is to support those countries that have it as their countries main business. if we stop using oil there will be a vacum of no money into those countries and there would result in a war between those haves and have nots. dragging the world into a third world war we have to move at a pace these countries can adapt as we do to stop this

  • Mirela G.
    30/04/2019 07:11

    🤦🏻‍♀️

  • Chris W.
    30/04/2019 06:09

    Surely if anything we need a new generation with new ideas and new outlook on the world, if we leave it to the people who are already here the planet is truly fucked

  • Mirela G.
    30/04/2019 05:44

    🤦🏻‍♀️

  • Oneiro N.
    30/04/2019 05:40

    yep, hopefully such feminist-leftists don't give birth. Big problem here: sheeple are easily inspired by that bullshit.

  • GlynisPierre M.
    30/04/2019 03:58

    Fully understand. The world needs to wake up but it's not going to happen sadly.

  • Michael D.
    30/04/2019 03:57

    Good for her.... there’s one less set of “idiot” genes to get passed on.🤦‍♂️

  • Megan R.
    30/04/2019 02:49

    Feel like there's a stigma on women if you dont give birth. Not everyone is meant to or can have them or choose not to.

  • Jesper B.
    30/04/2019 02:43

    To much bath salt