Being in government these days is tough. Apart from the factors you know you can’t control, some of the things you thought you could always count on, like the natural human desire to procreate, are turning out to be just as uncertain.
Growing female empowerment and education for girls have already knocked down the fertility rate worldwide. First Prince Harry said that he would only have a maximum of two children, for the sake of the planet. Then in 2019 #NoFutureNoChildren was announced and the adults thought it was all just hot air.
Surely these pipsqueaks who were proclaiming that they were not going to have children, until their governments acted on climate change to ensure a safe and liveable future, were being overly dramatic and their convictions would fade with maturity?
It turns out they kept their promises. By not having children, they directly took some pressure off the world and its natural resources. But so strong were their convictions, that they also brought two industries to their knees; and those who underestimated these then-children’s resolve, are now scrambling to rebuild markets.
Vehicle ownership in Canada has fallen from 87% in 2017 to 60% this year. In fellow commonwealth country New Zealand, the figure has plummeted from 77% in 2017 to a present 62%. In France, the dairy industry is at a loss, because it cannot mark down surplus products even further, and as you know, mouldy cheese is an acquired taste.
The ‘kids’ really seem to be alright and they’re fine with not having their own offspring. The people who did not take them seriously enough, well, they’re currently not doing so well. And the governments who need more people to prop up the economy? The kids don’t care about them!