Dave Bry is the author of Public Apology: In Which a Man Grapples With a
Lifetime of Regret, One Incident at a Time.
I suspect he is going to have one more regret to add to his
list: Writing a column in The Guardian asking if its
immoral to have children… because “Climate Change.”
…For while the world is a wonderful place, one we humans have
made nicer for ourselves with wonderful inventions like books and
record players, penicillin and pizza, it’s also a really awful
place, one we’ve ravaged with deforestation and smog, nuclear
weapons and mountains of pizza delivery boxes and other
The awfulness seems to be getting worse, especially now that
climate change has sped up – sea level rise that was supposed to
take centuries has recently been projected as taking just decades.
This complicates the already difficult decision of whether to have
Was I complicit in the damage? I remember every extra paper
towel I’ve ever unspooled from the roll, and think about a tree
falling in the Amazon, and then think about my son growing up in a
gray, dying world – walking towards Kansas on potholed highways.
Maybe while trying to protect his own son, like the father in The
Road. Will he decide to have a kid? I have foisted upon him a
decision even more difficult than my own. It’s all very