Philosophy Prof: Is It Reasonable To Bring Children Into Today’s World?

February 15, 2024

Under such circumstances, is it reasonable to bring a child into the world? However, it is a choice that affects others: the parents, the children themselves and the people who will inhabit the world alongside those children in the future. Crunching the numbersEnvironmental ethicists debate how to quantify an individual’s impact on the environment, especially their lifetime carbon emissions. They also assumed a parent was responsible for all emissions tied to their genetic lineage: all of their own emissions, half their children’s emissions, one-quarter of their grandchildren’s emissions, and so on. Moral gray zoneBut perhaps having children warrants an exception.