U.S. progressives urge Britain’s royals to stop having children
Progressives worried about climate change and social justice have a message for Prince William and Princess Kate: Stop having children.
The San Francisco group Having Kids, which champions smaller families, created a stir with its open letter urging the British royal couple to forgo having a third child on the grounds that a crowded nursery does damage to “sustainability and equity.”
“Melting glaciers could affect the North Atlantic circulation, completely changing the United Kingdom’s weather,” the July 25 letter reads. “All of us — especially public figures — should plan our families with the future environment in mind, producing a smaller and more resilient populace capable of thriving in that environment.”
The letter, signed by Having Kids executive director Anne Green and president Carter Dillard, met with a rash of criticism from those encouraging the activists to mind their own business, but the San Francisco-based group was undeterred.
In a Monday statement, Having Kids argued that its critics “have only proven the organization’s point by failing to recognize the unique efficacy of family planning as a tool to mitigate climate change, close the gap between rich and poor, and dramatically improve child welfare — all at once.”