A British Vogue article is being criticized for asking, “Is having a baby in 2021 pure environmental vandalism?”
The author of the article suggested that people should consider the “current climate emergency” before having a baby, even though she herself has given birth and said she would happily bring another human into the world.
“For the scientifically-engaged person, there are few questions more troubling when looking at the current climate emergency than that of having a baby,” Nell Frizzell wrote in the fashion magazine. “Whether your body throbs to reproduce, you passively believe that it is on the cards for you one day, or you actively seek to remain child-free, the declining health of the planet cannot help but factor in your thinking.”
Frizzell claimed that before she got pregnant she “worried feverishly about the strain on the earth’s resources that another Western child would add,” including the food he ate and the electricity the baby would use.
Despite her fears, Frizzell got pregnant and brought another person into the world.
“And yet, like millions of others, I did it anyway,” Frizzell said. “I had a baby. I’d have another if my partner agreed.”
Frizzell tried to justify her decision to have a child by saying everyone who has a baby needs to be “learning to live within our environmental means, of turning away from the fever of consumerism and overturning a political system that rewards a tiny rich minority at the expense of everyone else.”
Human Progress, an organization that presents evidence from individual scholars, academic institutions, and international organizations to show “dramatic improvements in human well-being throughout much of the world,” challenged Frizzell’s argument.
“Children do not strain the world’s resources,” the Cato Institute-linked organization wrote on Twitter. “In fact, the opposite is true: each new child is correlated with an increase in resource abundance.”
The article received backlash from others as well.
“The View” co-host Meghan McCain responded to the piece by saying, “NOT TODAY SATAN!”
Insider columnist Josh Barro wrote, “These people are completely insane. This is an issue for your therapist, not for a major fashion magazine.”
Political commentator Liz Wheeler said in a tweet, “This is crazy. If you don’t have a baby, that won’t do a THING to impact the climate. But you’ll deprive yourself of the greatest joy you’ve ever known… & the world a new soul. Plant a tree. Go to church. Stop voting for Democrats. And have a baby.”
Evolutionary psychologist and professor Gad Saad responded sarcastically, saying, “I apologize to @GretaThunberg, to @AOC, and to @JohnKerry for having had children. I will try to starve them to offset their carbon footprint. Again, my apologies. I’ll do better.”
One Twitter user even joked, “Did Thanos write this?”