Women who refuse to have babies — to save the planet!

Women who refuse to have babies — to save the planet! By Antonia Hoyle.

Oonagh Dalgliesh is the first to admit she feels broody. … At 32, Oonagh is certainly of child-bearing age. With a well-paid job as an events manager, she is financially solvent. And for the past year, she has been in a serious relationship with a man who is longing to become a dad.

So what has prompted this momentous decision? Put simply? Her desire to save the planet.

‘Humans are the greatest single driver of climate change and greenhouse gas contributions, of deforestation and the acidity of the oceans,’ she explains earnestly.

‘The only thing that will fix these problems is to have fewer people on the planet. I don’t see it’s justified to make more people than we already have. Yes, I have a maternal instinct, but I will never change my mind.’

Drastic? Perhaps. But, astonishing as it sounds, Oonagh is one of a number of British women who are deciding to remain child-free, not because of career aspirations or an inability to find a partner, but because they are concerned about the crippling impact of overpopulation on the Earth. …

Her boyfriend of the past year, a 33-year-old engineer — whom, she admits, is ‘even broodier’ than she is — does not share her environmental concerns.

The future belongs to those who show up.