However, in my case there is more to me not wanting more children than that. I said it here before but I will repeat it again: there is much more to me not wanting more children than me not wanting to wake up in the middle of the night by a screaming baby again. That much more of a reason of mine comes down to over population and the environmental disaster that us humans are bringing upon ourselves.
It is no longer a case of some scary futuristic vision; it is a case of science. As mainstream media like the Sydney Morning Herald report (see here), we - as in, humanity - are on our way to increase our planet's temperature by 4 (!) degrees by the end of this century. Think about it - four degrees!
The implications are dead obvious. We will not have enough food to feed everyone: current forecasts estimate the planet would be able to sustain between half a billion to one billion people. That implies roughly nine out of ten would die under less than favorable circumstances: they will die of starvation, they will die of disease, and they will die in wars - wars over the planet's last reserves of food.
We can live our lives as usual and pretend none of this would happen, but the sad reality is that we're ignoring the inevitable. Soon enough our window of opportunity for preventing this scenario from coming to be will be shut, too, raising an obvious question: we can all raise multiple children each today, but what world is it, exactly, that we are going to leave behind for them?
Call me selfish, but I don't see the point in bringing more children to a world such as ours.
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