"How could I bring a child into this world?" The climate change edition.
January 3, 2014 10:49 AM Subscribe
Many people I know who aren't global warming skeptics are still planning to procreate. Though I might like to have a kid someday, the thought of their future quality of life strikes me as a potentially decisive ethical objection to it. While I've seen plenty of arguments against procreation that deal with the ethics of creating more consumers, that issue is distinct from the ethics of creating new sufferers. Can you point me to any well-reasoned arguments--whether yours or something you've seen, on either side of the issue--that deal with the ethics of choosing to bring children into a hotter world?
posted by Beardman to Religion & Philosophy (41 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
The one place I plan to look is the small philosophical literature that relates environmental considerations to the nonidentity problem
. But I'm also interested in writing and reasoning that's less abstruse.
P.S. I know that parenthood via adoption will avoid this issue; my question here is just about choosing to have your own biological child.