Pushing white people to have fewer children to “help the environment” is a meme that has been around before. But it looks like they’re giving it another whirl.
Here’s Friday’s front page from the French newspaper Libération.
“Fewer children to save the planet?”“Diapers or the ozone layer, do we need to choose?”
This is a pun in French. It’s also complete nonsense, since the ozone layer problem has already been solved.
The article references a similar piece in the Jew York Times.
It’s accompanied by personal commentaries like this one, from Gaëlle.
Personally, I don’t plan to have children in my life. I don’t like them but I don’t detest them either. The environment is a factor that reassures me about my choice. There are so many people emigrating because of climate change and, in parallel, they tell us that we need to continue to procreate, particularly for retired people. I prefer to welcome migrants than to have children with an uncertain future who will go on consuming ever more. They tell us: between now and 2040 it could all fall apart. Children are a chasm for finance and energy. When I meet people, I try to make the situation clear quickly by saying I don’t want them. I don’t see myself changing for anyone, nor putting my career in parentheses.
Of course these messages are only ever pushed upon white people, despite white birthrates being below replacement level in virtually every country where white people live. And white people will be the only ones who can come up with technological solutions to whatever problems exist. Are the teeming hordes of Africa going to help with environmental engineering?