Don’t be afraid to have kids
If you want to help fight climate change, said Tyler Cowen, “have more children.” That might seem counterintuitive, especially among the 38 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 who recently said in a poll that deterring further global warming should be a factor in the decision to have kids. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently opined that climate change will make the future world so inhospitable that not having kids is “a legitimate question.” But the crisis of climate change will not be solved because human beings stop reproducing and using energy. To confront this enormous challenge, there must be a powerful political demand for action, as well as rapid technological innovation to find replacements for fossil fuels. Your kids will be highly motivated to save their own world, and if answers are to be found, they will likely be created by the next generation of scientists and engineers in advanced, already affluent nations like the U.S. “Those kids of yours are more likely to be part of the solution than the problem.” So don’t succumb to pessimism, “guilt, and shame” about having kids. For most of human history, life was very difficult, with unreliable food supplies and widespread disease. The next generation will rise to the challenge.