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In BC, wildfires have become so prevalent that scientists are calling it a ‘fifth season.’ As someone who lives in an area threatened by these fires and the subsequent air pollution they reap, I have seen children in my community suffer from exposure to neurotoxin compounds, develop asthma, and grapple with other lung complications. Because of this, and many more things that cause the climate crisis to be a humanitarian issue, I pledge to not have kids until adequate measures are taken to ensure a safe & sustainable world for everyone.
Michelle Xie
17

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Vancouver, British Columbia

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to have kids. My parents have many pictures of me playing with my dolls and holding the new babies of family members and friends. I would take my dolls everywhere, to the park, the grocery store, and the library. So when I say I want to have kids believe me, it is true. However, I will not and do not want to have kids in the state of this world.

I am taking this pledge because I don’t want my children, or another generation to have to live in a world where their entire lives are at risk and yet there is no action.

Living on the west coast I want my kids to see, touch and feel the beauty of the ocean, trees, and land here. I don’t want my kids to live with no food, water, or shelter. I don’t want my kids to not be able to breathe as pollution suffocates their lungs with every inhale. I wish I was being dramatic, but I am not.

​ I am taking this pledge not out of fear, of which I have plenty, but out of hope that today’s leaders will wake up and hear our call. That they will actually, do their jobs and realize the truth in all of us screaming that if there is no future, there will be no children.

Emma-Jane Burian
17

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Victoria, British Columbia

Climate change often comes across as easy to underestimate. But imagine dismissing a fever by saying your body has been this warm before. It’s the symptoms that matter.

By 2050, leaf rot fungus, spread by high heat and heavy rainfall, is expected to decimate our coffee production, making coffee a luxury and Tim Hortons uneconomical. That’s only the beginning.

The World Bank released a report estimating over 140 million people will migrate within countries due to climate change by 2050. The United Nations predicts even more. It took less than a percent of this number to overwhelm the European immigration system in 2015, catapulting far-right parties into the mainstream. In the world of 2050, facing a migrant crisis an order of magnitude larger and with no one left to recall the horrors of the mid-20th century, would it be so hard to believe that openly-fascist parties might gain power?

2050 is not the distant future. The children of my generation will just be entering high school as they look out upon the mess we left them. A mess made from each successive generation saying ‘not my problem’ and putting their kids in the crossfire.

​Fixing problems and doing the responsible thing is hard. But if it means our children will get to look out on a world filled with opportunity and not calamity, it’s probably worth making a stand for.

Jacob Bildy
19

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London, Ontario
I have always dreamt of having a happy family with a loving wife but I will not bring in a new generation into a world that is destined for destruction. We must make some change before we focus on having children, so today I pledge to not have children until I know they have a world to live on.
Joshua Kearney
18

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Whitehorse, Yukon
It was this year when I read a report saying our planet will not survive much longer the way it is. Some reports say our planet will be unrecognizable by just 2050. This will be in my lifetime as well as my parents lifetime. I very well may be alive to see some of the most drastic changes to our planet ever. I will have to deal with these issues, there is no way around it.

I love kids, therefore I will not put them through what I will have to go through and what I am going through now. Knowingly bringing kids into this planet at this point in time is cruel. How will a 5 year old deal with the climate crisis? I don’t want to have to explain to my children why I am so scared for our future. I will not have them fearing for the planet as I do. That is why I will not have kids. Not until I know that this planet will be there for them and that they can rely on it in the future. This is my fight, not theirs. 
Sophie Price
17

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Castleton, Ontario
Because It is simply inhumane to force a child into the world post ecological collapse. I know that I wouldn’t want to be brought into the world now, and that’s why I will dedicate myself to tackling the climate crisis and pledge to not have children until the climate crisis is dealt with.
Max Smith
13

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London, United Kingdom
I took this into account years ago and decided to not have children. My childhood was blissfully in the time of a future- assured. Today’s children have been robbed (by fossil fuel robber barons) of that peace of mind.
Carla Winterbottom
56

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Windsor, Ontario

Coming from a small conservative town, for a while, having kids was all I thought I would do. My parents had me really young, so growing up I was a babysitter to many of their friend’s kids, I used to dream up all the things I would do with my own kids when I was older, and picture what they might look like. I almost became an early childhood educator, and considered being an au pair, even enrolling in ECE at Fanshawe College before dropping out and deciding I wanted to go to university.

Now, at almost 21 years old, I’ve come to the painful realization that I can’t have kids. This doesn’t feel like a decision to me. We have roughly 10 years to adopt an emergency climate plan for a just transition away from fossil fuels before we lock in the worst case scenario for the climate catastrophe.

The average age to have kids in Canada is around 30, when I’m 30 we will be seeing unprecedented shifts in climate, food insecurity, heat waves, air pollution, economic collapse and mass migration. When I’m 30 we’ll be in a global crisis. Young people like me don’t have the option of having safe and happy families. Irresponsible governments kneeling to the fossil fuel industry took away that away from us.

Everyone has the right to choose to or not to have kids, I’m choosing to not have kids, but I want governments to know that this choice is being forced on me because I can’t guarantee a healthy and safe world for my children to live in and that has terrified me into not having kids.

Payton-Rose Mitchell
​20/ Montréal, Québec

I think any new humans coming into this world should not come into it in danger from the very beginning, and in the current state we are in and seeing the lack of action our government is taking I would never knowingly bring a child into this world.

I have faced a lot of stress having the burden of climate change and a crisis I did not create, put on my shoulders from a young age and I do not want my children feeling the same. They should not to have to fight this hard for their lives and future from a younger age then even I did or even think about it. They should not have to worry about dying or natural disasters or a dead planet when they have only just began their life.

​Instead of being told this is your generations problem to solve” like I was in elementary school, they might have to be learning about all the horrible things that are going to happen to our planet and them and how they can hope to survive, and that’s not anywhere near fair.

Christina McCarvell
19

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London, Ontario
I am taking this pledge to make sure my kids get to witness how beautiful this earth can be! To make sure they get to have all the amazing experiences I did!! To make sure they get to see wild animals not just in zoos!!! FOR THE FUTURE!!!!!!!
Emma Mcginnis
22

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Ottawa, Ontario
I don’t want my children to live in a world where they are forced to endure the devastating effects of climate change- that of which is progressively getting worse by the minute. I am taking this pledge to communicate my fears to our government.
Caroline Lee
19

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Toronto, Ontario
I’m taking the pledge because if climate change isn’t taken seriously, then our children will NOT have a future to live, grow, and flourish in. It is our responsibility as human beings to create a sustainable, healthy world for future generations. If we can’t do that, then we shouldn’t be bringing babies into this world. 
Rachel Guanlao
18

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Toronto, Ontario

The science has spoken. Climate change is an established objective truth with already irreversible consequences. Sea level rises posing risks to coastal communities, species extinction, and perhaps mostly noticeably, threateningly extreme weather conditions.

The level of instability regarding resources (financial or otherwise) allocated in response to enduing and inhibiting these consequences is deeply concerning to me.

We owe it to our children and following generations to limit and dampen the harm we are doing to the planet we are passing on to them. They’re already inheriting it damaged.

The best that we can do now is actively accelerate our progress in converting to a renewables-based energy economy and reducing carbon emissions to the quintessential value of zero (and possibly negative with carbon capture technologies currently in development).

We have to limit further harm the best we can by evolving our policies and economy — now. We don’t have the option to rely on someone else with a future technology to save us later on, because they may not even have the chance.

Karnav Raval
18

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London, Ontario
I’m scared. No – I’m absolutely terrified. If I have children, their future will be even more uncertain and endangered than my own. By 2030 I will be 29, maybe ready to start a family of my own. But also by 2030 we will have reached the tipping point – if people in power have not acted on the climate crisis by then, we will face certain extinction. New life cannot thrive on a dying planet. I’m past the point of politely asking politicians to act: the youth are desperately crying for action to save our futures and our children’s futures. So cry with us. Listen to us. Act for us.
Frances Fox
18

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Bath, United Kingdom

It’s an incredible privilege to take this pledge, and to be a climate activist at all–I’m torn about what signing or not signing will imply, ethically and for my future. I don’t not want to have children, but neither would I wish a lifetime of sleepless nights, eco-anxiety fuelled panic attacks, and the socially, economically, and environmentally oppressive effects of the climate crisis on anyone, let alone my children.

​No parent can guarantee their child’s absolute physical safety or emotional wellbeing, but I have the means to take this pledge, and spend every moment that may have been for my children instead ensuring that future generations have the autonomy to make this decision without feeling afraid.

Naia Lee
16

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Vancouver, British Columbia

We, the kids of this generation are struggling already, 10-20 years in the future the effects of the climate crisis will be 10x worse. A mother is supposed to have her child’s best interests are heart. I don’t think any mother can willingly bring in a new life into this earth without knowing the consequences and still believing it is ethical.

We are the last generation that can fix this crisis, we get one chance to change the whole outcome of humanity. We need to fix the world we are on before we can bring any more defenceless people onto it. I don’t not want my children to live through the death on humanity and therefore I pledge not to have kids until the earth is livable and flourishing.

Mary
15

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Toronto, Ontario

I am taking this pledge because no child deserves to be born into a world where they will be subjected to immense and irreversible suffering at the hands of another. I refuse to have a child and raise them in a world where they will not have a future; a world where they must live in fear and anxiety, panic and uncertainty, knowing that their future isn’t guaranteed.

Until our global civilization’s foundations have radically changed, I commit myself to this pledge, and I dedicate my life and existence to waking humanity up, so we can move past this crisis and collectively evolve. If this never happens, I have lived a life of purpose, and tried my hardest to spread love, joy, and vision.

Wa-Ya Aeon
22

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Nelson, British Columbia
I will be of “childbearing age” for a significant portion of the decade we have to act on climate change. I have two children already. My heart breaks when I think about the reality they will face as they become adults and time to act has run out. I never imagined I would have to have this kind of worry as a mother. It crushes me every day. 
Thea Moss
39

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Alberta
I want our government to ensure a safe future before I bring new life to this already so damaged earth.
Kihara Aidoo
14

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Vancouver, British Columbia
I’m taking this pledge because I think it’s unconscionable and immoral to bring life into this world without ensuring some semblance of a safe and clean future that isn’t filled with raging forest fires, mass climate migrations, dirty water, and scorching temperatures.
Syameena Pillai
21

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Calgary, Alberta
I am taking this pledge because I’m tired of decision makers not understanding the severity of climate change, young people will be dealing with this climate debt for the rest our lives and I want political leaders to realize that they need to make bold changes.
Bushra Asghar
23

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Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
The next generation needs a future
Josh Sturmy
17

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Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
I don’t want to have children in a country that does not prioritize the safety of their future.
Rachel Papworth
22

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Ottawa, Ontario
I believe the Canadian government is not taking the issue of climate change as seriously as it needs to be taken.
Jenevieve Chenatte
18

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Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Because I believe the climate should improve I do not want to bring in another human beating to a world where it’s gonna be corruptive for them to live in specially in today’s society already makes me think twice of giving a child a life
Johanna Hernandez
18

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Richmond, British Columbia
We need to stop climate change. Our governments must respond to our pledges. No more children with a future in crisis.
John Diaz
33

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Bogotá, Colombia
I am worried about my future. Why have children if there’s no safe place to even have them?
Gabriella Romero Flores
18

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Montreal, Québec
From the recent crises happening, from the destruction of the Amazon to the death of Iceland’s first glacier, I believe its no longer ethical to raise children in an environment subjected to severe climate change.
Joshua Fajardo
17

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Los Angeles, California
I want to be heard!
Cecily Deleon
28

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Hammond, Indiana
Because the world needs fucking saving.
Amma Awuah-Baffour
17

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London, United Kingdom
Why would I bring an innocent child into this world just to have them suffer at the hands of a human caused climate crisis. ​​
Ashley Holyk
18

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Vancouver, British Columbia
I can’t imagine bringing a child into the world as it is only for them to watch it die…
Tori Wehde
18

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Colorado

I have never wanted to have children, and this decision has always been based in the fact that I understand what kind of world they will inherit from the current generations.

​Studying Conservation, Ecology and Biology for over 10 years, has helped me to understand the very real threat posed to future generations, and I will not willingly and knowingly bring new life into existence on this planet.

Brittany Damron
33

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Brittany Damron
It’s not fair on our children if we bring them into a world that they cannot enjoy. It’s not fair on any of us that governments aren’t doing more to combat climate change, and more drastic action needs to be taken. Future generations should be able to breathe clean air, swim in healthy seas and play on unpolluted land, and not have the worry that I have at the moment.
Erin Law
17

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Manchester, United Kingdom
I want a gorgeous future for my children, not a world where you have to fight for food, a safe place to live, or any other thing for a good & safe life.
Kevin Hatzl
18

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Graz, Austria

This is not just about OUR children; this is about our children’s children, our grandchildren’s children, and children who are so far genetically removed that they are barely related to us. Our generation seems like the only one to care about THOSE children, the ones who we are not connected to, aside from being members of the same species.

I am disgusted by the older generations for continually, time and time again, not taking anything we say or do seriously. “You will change your mind” “That pledge is meaningless.” Maybe to THEM it is, but we are the generation of promise keepers.

“What if I had signed a pledge not to have children because of the Vietnam War? You wouldn’t be here” is something my dad said to me yesterday, criticizing and dismissing the meaning behind this pledge. He was telling me that every generation has said an iteration of this because of some global crisis.

Yes, well guess what? You didn’t take the pledge, and here I am. This is not about me. This is about children who are not yet born. Nothing we do is granted the weight it deserves. People like my dad, those who are in their 60s, automatically conclude that this pledge means we will never have children, period. It’s like they ignore the second part of the pledge: “UNTIL I believe the government has done enough to ensure a safe future.”

​They ignore the fact that my not having kids – OUR not having kids – can be avoided by TAKING ACTION. You want me to have kids? THEN DO SOMETHING, because we are ultimately, at the moment, powerless. But they are not.

Julia Jarvis
22

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
I don’t want to bring more people into this doomed earth until I know we have a system of government who will ensure THEIR future is safe
Elaine Summersford
19

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Queensland, Australia

I am not even confident that the planet will be stable and livable throughout my own lifetime, and I am certain it will not be for following generations without dramatic action from all governments and corporations of the world. Every day I wake up fearing the future and feeling hopeless as nothing is being addressed by world governments.

​My husband and I decided not to have children several years ago because of the climate crisis, and as we’ve gotten older we have noticed many of our friends that had planned on having children never did, and when we brought this up with them, we heard over and over that our friends did not think it was safe, intelligent or fair to have children while racing towards extinction. We feel we were robbed of the opportunity to have families and hope for the future.

Ashleigh Szerszen
35

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Nevada, United States of America
It would be immoral to bring a child into this world knowing that our current state of government officials are taking no action to resolve issues pertaining to the future of our homeland. Without action, I refuse to put any future lives at risk of climate catastrophes in the future.
Cade Terada
20

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Anchorage, Alaska
Humans created government so they would be safer and life more fair for all. If our government does not rise to the challenges posed by climate change, our government has failed. The drastic challenges facing my future children call for drastic solutions. Canada, let’s make the push.
Aliya Frendo
17

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Ottawa Ontario
Our society is on the verge of a collapse. Our ecology isn’t far behind. In the prior situation, raising a kid may mean death for me and my partner. In the latter situation, humanity goes extinct. I have crippling fear about this on a near daily basis. Climate leaders don’t buy pipelines and LNG plants.
Deraek Menard
30

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Nanaimo, British Columbia

 I am taking the pledge because I am not seeing action against the climate crisis from our government. I am terrified for my future and I don’t want to put children through my stress and an unlivable world. I WANT to have a family I WANT to be a mother and grandmother. But I can’t, because this planet will not be livable by the time I will have kids and grandkids.

​I am pledging to not have children until I am SURE the government is taking action against the climate crisis. I will not have children until I KNOW my children will have a livable future.​

Julia Sampson
17

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Halifax, Nova Scotia
I do not want to have kids that will have to suffer in this horrible world
Ariane
19

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Montréal, Québec
I pledge because climate change is the greatest threat our planet and our society faces. We must put a stop to the corrupt institutions that enable the fossil fuel industry, the wealthy, and the military-industrial complex from destroying the dear place we call home.
Porter James Hughes
18

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Lapeer, Michigan
I can’t have children until I know they will have a livable future because I could never forgive myself if I brought a child into the world only to watch them suffer through something they should never have to experience. I want children so much but I know we have a lot to do before it is safe for them so I will pledge never to have children until I know that the government will act on climate change and solve the climate crisis.
Willa Fisher
16

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Halifax, Nova Scotia
I am taking the pledge because I am unsure of my own future. It feels wrong to bring children into a world where I cannot guarantee them a safe future and chance at a full life. As devastation from climate change gets worse, resources for life become less readily available, and if basic safety cannot be a sure thing for every child, I cannot bring more into our world.
Grace Long
17

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Orillia, Ontario
If I would have children, I would give them anything they need, and be sure to keep them safe. Yet, with the climate change and the inactivity towards it that the world shows, I cannot be certain to be able to protect my children. Considering this, I take the pledge. ​
Marie Bret
15

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Biot, France
Why would I have children who I love when they can’t grow up in a world with clean air or water? I don’t want to live in a world with animals going extinct and landfills outgrowing sky scrapers. If we continue to pollute earth at the rate we are now it would be out of the question to have a child.
Elsa
16

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Vancouver, British Columbia
It would be inhumane to bring more children into this world only to suffer because of government and corporate greed.
Jonathan Hernandez
20

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London, Ontario
Cuz tbh, I don’t want my children to DIE
Aiden Rose-Taylor
16

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Barrie, Ontario
I wouldn’t forgive myself to have brought a human to life knowing very well how miserable its living conditions would be in 30 years
Astrid Brazeau
17

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Sherbrooke, Québec
Because the plant is already over capacity, because costs of raising a child is too high and it would be one less person other people would have to fight when the water wars start
Tushar Jain
28

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Kamloops, British Columbia
The idea of my children being left a barren world, ravaged by capitalistic greed is heartbreaking, and not something I could do. The actions of the corporations, run by the top 1%, impact everyone, and most of all the poor, the disenfranchised and those without the means to make their world better. This is not a world I will bring another child born to the 99%, those who will not survive what is to come.
Erika
24

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Buford, Ontario
Growing up I’ve always wanted children. I’ve been with my boyfriend for 7+ years and despite his yearning for children, I believe it is an unforgivable and irresponsible decision given the state of the world. It’s a relief that others are realizing this too. Thank you
Eve Grier
26

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Athens, Ontario
Having children in the world we live in is inhumane and cruel to the child. The world they will inherit is being destroyed and their lifespans will be severely reduced as of my own.
Harley Boyes
18

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Ottawa, Ontario
One of my friends is a major player in this movement, and I want to support them in every way humanly possible. Also I think waiting until we have our climate change worked out, we shouldn’t continue to increase the population.
Devon Smith
17

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Squamish, BC

I personally feel that in our current climate crisis that bringing new life into this world is irresponsible. I already feel worried that I will have to live the majority of my life during the climate apocalypse, and I refuse to bring a child into the world that will have to live that terrifying future for decades after I’m gone.

​ I will foster, or adopt, if I feel that influencing the future generation is something I want to do. But there are already too many unwanted children who are already here, I don’t need a new one comprised of roughly 50% of my genetic material that will be stuck in this hellish society for far too long.

Josie Patterson
21

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Vancouver, British Columbia
Because my children would have no world to live for
Mike Gorham
18

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New Brunswick
To this point, I have always lived by this quote, “Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your future children.” As a believer of humanity, I believe if we all join in our efforts, even the impossible can be achieved.
Kathlyn Alexander
23

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Thunder Bay, Ontario
This is the way to demonstrate without media control. I love Greta Thunbergs advocacy, but she was chosen by media. Signs don’t effect anything.
Camille Gyldenhammer
24

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Toronto, Ontario
I do not feel as if our planet will last another generation, let alone our own. I need to see justice to our environment and to the people of this globe before I even begin to think about bringing another human into this world.
Kilian Roach
21

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Allendale, Michigan
The greed and ignorance of the generations before me have destroyed any hope we had of a better tomorrow. I will not continue the behavior that has ruined this planet forever.
Justine Schmidt
29

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Saint Louis, Missouri
It looks like the end of civilization is near. Like a train heading for a brick wall and our societies and governments are all shouting ‘Full steam ahead!’ This is bound to crash
Jitendradas Loves-Life
31

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
I could not live with myself if I brought children into an unsafe world where they would suffer tremendously from the effects of climate change (droughts, heat waves, floodings…)
Olivia Ruge
17

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Montreal, Québec

Porque al pasar los años el deseo de ser mama va disminuyendo al ver que no podre tener a mí bebe a salvo. En mi país actual la inseguridad y el escás de planes preventivos antes un desastre natural es inminentes, en estos momentos padecemos de unas olas de calor y ni protector solar tenemos.

Tengo 25 años y para encontrar una medicina paso más de 2 meses buscándola, enfrentando día a día una inestabilidad económica, escasez de alimentos y clima extremo. Un bebe no puede esperar, un bebe necesita lo mejor y como madre quisiera que mis hijos sean libres de perseguir sus sueños.

Cindy Orozco
25

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Caracas, Venezuela
I live with a constant fear of the future. If my kids have to endure the same life of fear, then I don’t want to have them.
Courtney Tosh
17

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
Unlike a majority of the generations that proceed us, I don’t want to bring children into a world worse than I the one I was born into.
Liz Jones
19

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Boston, Massachusetts
I am taking this pledge as a message to our government and society that the time to act on our destructive practices is now, for the climate and ultimately for the survival of all.
Sonya Nakoneczny
27

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Ontario
I don’t wanna be thirty and think about why my parents’ generation didn’t do anything to protect the air, the water, and the earth. I wanna save my earth because it’s my future.
Neonica Sharma
20

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Ontario
It’s not right for me to raise a child in a world where governments don’t understand the effects and take action against climate change. Things will get worse and I don’t want my child to have to live through that in the future.
Emma Nani
15

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North Carolina

Because what kind of mother would I be to bring a baby into this world knowing it would die from starvation, dehydration, from air pollution poisoning? I’ve read the reports, I’ve seen the news. Knowing we only have months to change our ways and to save the planet lets me know that in the long run, having a child isn’t an ethical option.

Who would I be to bring a baby into this world 10-15 years from now knowing that it doesn’t have a chance to survive? The government needs to realize that if they don’t want to save the earth, can we won’t have kids. No child deserves to die in such a cruel, inhuman way, and so it’s our job as the next generation to make that understood.

Michaela Gauthier
18

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Halifax, Nova Scotia
I wholeheartedly support these young people in their endeavors to fight climate change and hold the older generations accountable. I made the decision to not have children for the same reasons years ago, and I add my name now in the hopes that more attention is brought to this critical issue. I encourage Gen Z to not stay silent, and to keep fighting for your futures. You are the ones who will bear the brunt of our greed and indifference, you are stronger than you know.
Maika Kailani
33

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Seattle, Washington
It’s not fair to bring an innocent life into a destroyed world, I refuse to.
Zoë Pine
19

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Auckland, New Zealand