‘Environmental’ mother-to-be worried baby will tip the scales towards climate doom
"Babies are not environmentally friendly. Babies will ruin the environment. Babies are the reason sea turtles are choking on your used plastic and dying. Babies are in direct cahoots with other baby animals stealing their resources."
These are just some of the few zillion thoughts plaguing Nadiba P, an environmentalist, who recently found out she is having a baby. The miracle of life has not induced any feeling of magic or joy in her yet. Instead, the dominant feeling is that of pure dread at the state of the environment and what her little bundle of joy will do to its precarious balance.
In fact, she was among a growing number of people who were starting to blame unborn babies and expecting parents for daring to do something so environmentally damaging as getting pregnant.
Yet, who can deny biology and the ominous biological clock that gave her baby fever. It was body against mind and her body won.
But ever since the conception, she has been met with a flurry of mixed reactions. Her environmentally conscious peers who are "free to party" and travel to wild destinations have criticised her decision to get both tied down and bring a baby into the world.
Something considered as bad as burning of fossil fuels and running mega industries.
"One of my peers who has been vocal against eco-fascism -- which when boiled down basically means overpopulation is not to blame for environmental damage but the rich and imbalanced use of resources are to blame -- recently shared an infograph banning babies! Now how do those two philosophies add up? So, overpopulation is to blame? A poor baby and a rich baby can cause the same environmental damage?" asks a visibly distraught Nadiba.
Nadiba has been trying to move from using plastic straws to reusable steel ones. She is an avid believer of recycling but at the same time, during a visit to her house, this correspondent found lines of PET Pepsi bottles.
In contrast, Nadiba has also said she wants to promote individual good actions for the sake of the climate but that takes away from the bigger picture -- which is that industries, massive ones, are at the crux of the problem.
They are the ones who have essentially created dead zones in the sea, plundered forests to make unnecessarily large amounts of goods that has fuelled a consumerist society. They have ruined vast swathes of vital ecosystem crucial to the survival of the wild.
But this correspondent refrained from sharing these thoughts with Nadiba as the visibly pregnant interviewee stressfully drank yet another bottle of coke while listing the number of diapers she would have to use for her environmental-horror baby.