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The planet needs more children, not fewer


WHEN I was in the seventh grade at my US school, some zero population speakers fed lies to me and my class. We were told that the population was growing so vast that if people didn’t stop having babies we would all die. We were taught that in order to save the planet we should have no more than two children, one was better, and having no children at all was an act of love.

These lessons were echoed throughout the rest of my school career and beyond, and pressed upon many millennials in the western world. Family, motherhood, fatherhood, femininity and masculinity have all been vilified by elites in power, and the media that support them.

This led to a shift in these societies. Instead of working to build healthy families and communities, young professionals became obsessed with career choice and politics. It has got to the point where many women now believe that it is better for an baby to be killed before birth than be born into poverty because a life without luxury is considered cruel.

Furthermore, global education efforts to drive women out of the home and into demanding professions have preached that having fewer children later in life is more intelligent, despite the fact that women who delay having a family to pursue career goals often experience fertility issues and are at a higher risk of postpartum depression and other mental health issues. Birth rates across various developed countries have dropped to such levels that families are becoming more and more rare. Britain, China, Japan, Italy and dozens more countries are facing a population collapse that would drastically change the workforce and societies as a whole.

In the US, non-parents were polled by the Pew Research Center to reveal that 44 per cent have no plans to have any children. The effects are already being felt across American states where worker shortages have developed due to a quarter of the population reaching retirement age. Schools are so desperate for teachers that they are offering massive bonuses. The housing market cannot thrive without more prospective buyers. Retirement funds and social programmes which rely on younger populations to support the elderly are running out of funding. The global pandemic response exacerbated this situation further.

The Wall Street Journal reported that birthrates fell throughout various advanced economies during lockdowns. They also noted the long-term effects of populations of adults having fewer babies, which will be experienced for decades to come.

Before the lockdowns, many adults worked day after day to come home to an empty apartment and maybe a few pets, but their social life mitigated a longing for familial bonds. Now that they’ve faced over two years of isolation they’re feeling more alone than ever and have lost hope. Without hope or plans to invest in the future many have become detached from long-term solutions to the issues of our time, and even committed to destroying the sovereignty of their own nations.

It has become enough of a concern that even SpaceX founder Elon Musk has raised public concerns addressing the issue. He took to Twitter to warn that ‘population collapse is the biggest threat to civilization’.

While the comments exploded, many deniers revealed their belief that the world is overpopulated and that humanity is bad for the environment. Immigration efforts also came up, and although new migrant populations may replace some citizens for now, unless families are encouraged they cannot solve the issue entirely. Without support for families, a modern lack of community ties have also set us up for failure. Family is where hope lies. Without the strength of support systems at home, children experience identity issues, mental health struggles, and do not grow into successful adults  at the rates of those who are raised in a traditional family unit with two parents and siblings.

Humans need a purpose, a reason to study hard in a field of interest and find a meaningful career. They need younger generations to draw them to their neighbours and those who serve local communities. Without direct ties to the next generation, cynicism and selfishness have taken over. Countries with dwindling populations are losing control of the situation, and being subjected to rising rates of violent crime. We are losing our ability to recognise the beauty of the world and humanity’s place in it simply because we no longer consider life sacred or celebrate the most precious ties that bind us. We must remember the importance of family if we do not wish to be destroyed.

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Jessica Marie Baumgartner
Jessica Marie Baumgartner
Jessica Marie Baumgartner lives in America and is a writer and mother of four.

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