NPR’s Should We Be Having Kids in the Age of Climate Change?

The piece is about the dilemma faced by most people of my generation and the preceding one, of wanting to start a family, but being in the position of having no choice but to consider the carbon footprints that will be added to our already very carbon-intensive world, not to mention the potentially poor quality of life and even danger that accompanies a catastrophically, rapidly changing climate.

I liked this piece because the issue being discussed— the future of this world in terms of climate change — is something that I think about a lot. Actually, I’ve held the realistic view for quite some time that no, we should probably not have kids (or at least limit it to one, or better yet, adopt orphans and those in the foster care system) until we can get climate change mitigated enough to prevent at most 2 degrees Celsius warming, which at this point we are on the path to surpass.

The multimedia in this piece is effective. As with nearly all NPR clips, the audio is impeccable, and the personality and charisma of the presenter is expressed well, which makes the listening experience an intimate, enjoyable one. The photographs are relevant and capture the moment and the feeling within it (for example, the joy and the responsibility of parenthood depicted in the photo of spending quality time with their child).

I feel like the piece could have provided more of a case for adoption as an alternative to having kids of your own (thus adding more people to the overconsumption model of the American economy and average household, contributing more to climate change). There are kids out there, in this world already, who do not have a home or guardians (that is, loving, caring ones) who are in desperate need of that.

just the top of the article (more photos within it)
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