Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, recently said that the idea that having children is bad for the environment is “complete rubbish.” “Some people believe that having fewer kids is healthier for the earth,” the father of seven stated via video at the All-In Summit. This is just bullshit. Even if we quadrupled the amount of humanity, the ecosystem would be OK.” “At the very least, maintain our numbers,” Mr. Musk said.
We don’t have to expand drastically, but at the very least, let’s not let civilization fade away till we’re all in adult diapers with a whimper.” The Tesla CEO also highlighted Japan’s declining birth rate as an example. “Japan is a leading signal here,” he added, noting that the country’s population fell by 600,000 last year. Mr. Musk suggested that the East Asian nation would “end to exist” due to a plummeting birth rate.
He went on to say that the world cannot allow civilization to perish. He then said unequivocally that having children is not harmful to the environment. Mr. Musk added that it is “vital for preserving civilization.” The SpaceX founder went on to describe some of today’s parents’ anxieties and how they don’t stack up. “I’ve heard it before. Mr. Musk asked, “How can I bring a kid into this dreadful world?” “‘Have you read history?’ I ask. Because, believe me, it was a lot worse back then,” he said.
It’s worth noting that Elon Musk didn’t back up his assertions with proof.
"Some people think that having fewer kids is better for the environment. Environment's gonna be fine even if we doubled the population. Japan had lowest birth rate. Having kids is essential for maintaining civilization. We can't let civilization dwindle into nothing." — @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/i03zytLDTJ
— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) May 20, 2022
However, it comes after a prior hypothesis gained popularity, claiming that “having one fewer kid per household in industrialized nations may save around 58.6 metric tonnes of carbon per year.” According to CNBC, having a kid is seven times worse for the environment in terms of CO2 emissions than the following ten most talked about individual mitigations. According to a different analysis, however, changing one’s lifestyle and combining it with pro-climate measures might have a higher environmental effect than not having children.