Teens pledge not to have children until governments take climate change seriously
A movement titled #NoFutureNoChildren has teenagers pledging not to have children until governments begin to take climate change seriously.
Emma Lim, an 18-year-old student from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, launched the movement in an attempt to make officials see how climate change affects young people.
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Speaking to Business Insider, Lim said "When you’re young you believe that your government will fix things, and so I joined the green team and we worked on recycling and I figured that everything would be okay. But that trust in your leaders erodes over time."
The #NoFutureNoChildren pledge asserts, "I pledge not to have children until I am sure my government will ensure a safe future for them."
Speaking further about the initiative, Lim said " I launched the pledge because I wanted other people to understand how the fear of climate is so unquestioned in my generation."
"It’s something everybody feels. Where in my parent’s or grandparent’s generation, believing in climate change is often a matter of opinion and not survival. I have always, 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."