Can We Still Have Children? Exploring Climate Emotions and Childbearing Decisions among Young Environmental Activists.

Authors: Jade Sasser*, University of California - Riverside
Topics: Environment
Keywords: Climate emotions, reproduction, advocacy
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 23
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Recent research has explored the relationship between scientific knowledge of climate change and a range of negative emotions. But what work do these emotions do? How do they impact life choices and decision-making about the present and the future? This paper tracks the role of climate change emotions within three advocacy movements that explore the complexities of childbearing on a warming planet. It follows the #Birthstrike!, #nofuturenochildren, and Conceivable Future projects, exploring how participants mobilize climate anxiety, grief, and guilt as barriers to future reproduction. It further explores how leaders of these campaigns navigate tensions between participant expressions of personal emotions and their expression of neo Malthusian values favoring population control.

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