Climate change anxiety can color major life decisions. Kate Sholl is witnessing a change in perspective from within her own family.
I have four kids and three grandchildren. My two youngest, one of them for sure will not have children -- too much concern about contamination of food and water.
And my youngest is strongly considering not having any children, and feels that the world is a bad place to have a healthy child. By healthy child I believe he means a kid that can count on a world that's not poisonous.
He had plans to have a kid, and the last time I talked to him, he said to me, "I don't think I'll be doing that" -- the political climate, the climate climate. He lives near the ocean, so he could be flooded out with climate change. He's pretty depressed about all that. It's hard to watch.
I worry about my two youngest not wanting to have children because they would make wonderful parents. They're both very intelligent, they've both very loving. It makes me sad that their decision is probably not to have children.