More than 1,000 people have joined a Canadian teenager’s pledge to not have children until world governments take climate change more seriously.
As of this writing, 1,270 people have signed a petition agreeing to the following condition: “I pledge not to have children until I believe the government has done enough to ensure a safe future.”
The movement — dubbed #NoFutureNoChildren — was started by Emma Lim, an 18-year-old McGill University student who said she has “always wanted to be a mom, for as long as I can remember.”
“But I will not bring a child into a world where they will not be safe. I would like to see the government develop a comprehensive plan to stay below 1.5 degrees [Celsius] of warming,” she said to Insider, referring to a United Nations report finding the Earth’s temperature has raised 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) since the 18th century.
On the pledge’s website, Ms. Lim wrote: “I am facing a future of economic instability, of food scarcity and extreme weather. What if I have to sacrifice my child’s education to pay for a new house? What if my house becomes uninsurable? What if I have to pay for clean water? What if my city becomes unsafe and I have to flee or if my baby is sick, but the hospitals are overflowing with people fleeing worse conditions?? For many people these fears are already reality.”