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‘I believe that my choosing not to have children is a selfless act’

23 July 2019

Environmentalist Anna has elected not to have children. Her reason: to avoid swelling a global population expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050.

Her decision has led some people to describe her as selfish.

“I guess the implication is that I only think of myself and that I’m the most important person in my life... That doesn’t mean I’m selfish. In fact, I’m being selfless.”

35-year-old Anna tries to live as sustainable a life as possible. And it’s this lifestyle that informed her choice not to have children.

“It’s inescapable that having kids in the first place creates a resource-consuming person.”

‘I’m not having kids to save my island’

To help fight climate change, Jason MacGregor has decided not to have kids.

He and his partner feel that bringing another baby into the world will add to problems linked to global warming.

Jason is from Prince Edward Island in Canada and told BBC Minute that his hometown has already been affected by rising sea levels and storm surges fuelled by climate change.

More on choosing not to have chidren

Zara Gladman’s ‘Child Free’

Zara sings about being a woman who doesn’t want kids.

‘At no point did I sit down and say I absolutely don’t want children’

For those who have a choice, how are women making the decision on motherhood? (From 2018)

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