The BirthStrike movement is an odd one even by today’s standards.
The group was founded at the end of 2018 and it enlists people who wish to fight global warming by … well, by not having kids.
“I really want a kid,” 33-year-old British musician Blythe Pepino told CNN about the group. “I love my partner and I want a family with him but I don’t feel like this is a time that you can do that.”
Pepino founded the BirthStrike group and she says she fears an “ecological Armageddon” is waiting for humanity in the near future. Over 300 people have joined her movement since it began, and Pepino claims the vast majority of them are women.
“You are gambling with someone else’s life,” 29-year-old Cody Harrison said about joining the group. “If things don’t go well, that human is not going to have a very good life.”
“When climate change gets worse, it multiplies other things. It’s like dominoes that are falling,” said another member, Lori Day. “It goes beyond sea level rise and storms. It affects food production, migration, resources and war.”
Check out video of the group taking the streets below:
— CNN (@CNN) June 5, 2019
Pepino says her intention with the group was to “freak people out” and bother “patriarchal groups.”
“I did have a sneaky feeling that it was going to rock the boat of certain patriarchal groups,” she said. “I wanted it to freak people out and I think that it has.”
She said her group is about inspiring political action on climate change.
While a group like this would normally only inspire an eye roll and perhaps some mockery, CNN covered the group as if they were a group of rebels fighting in the trenches for freedom instead of the privileged, brainwashed, attention-seeking leftists that they actually are.
Despite CNN’s glowing tribute to the BirthStrike movement, responses were positive — in a way.
Many immediately went on social media to endorse the idea of self-righteous liberals not having kids, even if it is for a ridiculous reason.
“Endorsed,” replied author Ben Howe.
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) June 9, 2019
“Good. Stupidity should not breed,” wrote another user.
“More of this please. Less fanatical lunatics are great for the rest of us!” wrote another.
And another responded, “Excellent, people this dumb should not reproduce. Good choice.”
More of this please. Less fanatical lunatics are great for the rest of us! https://t.co/DAHTmO4AXj
— Spencer Scott (@IslandDog) June 9, 2019
“If they’ve been so easily brainwashed by this hoax, it’s probably best,” wrote yet another.
Check out more hilarious reactions below:
BirthStrike: People who won't have kids because of climate change.
Ah, thank you for staying out of the gene pool. Very considerate.
— MWHunter (@MWHunter5) June 8, 2019
You can’t fix stupid 😂 pic.twitter.com/ueua4Z9XRJ
— RJ Horacek (@ThisIsKnife) June 8, 2019
Thank God they're not having kids.
— DMR (@DMRSTL1969) June 8, 2019
While BirthStrike is a British group, there is a movement inside of America that is similar in philosophy, though not as extreme in practice. Conceivable Future was founded in 2015 and the group aims to bring awareness to “the threat climate change poses to reproductive justice.”
“The data says there’s a ticking clock,” said Josephine Ferorelli, a co-founder of Conceivable Future.
She added, “What kind of harm will a hotter and more painful world inflict on my child? Nobody has the answers for that.”
People who think not having kids is a good idea because Al Gore tells them the world is on its way to some kind of “Waterworld”-like nightmare probably shouldn’t have kids right now anyway. No real losses here.
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