Ultimately, the couple, who had been together for six years, decided not to become biological parents.
Amina Payne and her partner Stephen McLean have decided to work against the idea of having children. sauce: attached
“What we’ve decided is that parenthood doesn’t necessarily have to be viewed as a biological endeavour,” says Payne.
“There are many ways to become a parent or carer for children who are more in line with what we see as the urgency of the world today.”
Ameena Payne says being an aunt gives her a lot of satisfaction. sauce: SBS News
Payne, a postdoctoral fellow who moved to Australia from the United States in 2014, says she and her partner aren’t alone in thinking so.
“What I’ve noticed in my friendship circles is that we take family planning seriously. [It’s] It’s not just about being financially ready. But can the world also support more children?”
That’s why she and her team of researchers have launched the first-of-its-kind study of how climate change is affecting reproductive decisions.
Ameena Payne and her partner have chosen not to have children. sauce: attached / Amina Payne
of a joint study by the University of Tasmania, the University of Edinburgh and Flinders University, examines how climate change impacts, such as Australia’s recent bushfires and devastating floods, are shaping decisions about motherhood.
“The really interesting part was when we recruited participants on social media … the reaction was overwhelming and it was nerve-wracking,” says Dr. Pascoe Leahy.
The research is still ongoing and the findings are expected to be published in 2023.
mini baby boom
Since then, the country has experienced a post-COVID baby boom, with the fertility rate now rising to 1.66, according to data released this week by the federal government.
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The figures were released ahead of the federal government’s annual population report to be released on Friday.
“The last peak was in 2008, when the number of babies per woman was 2.02. Since then, there has been some fluctuation, but there has been a downward trend.”
“As disasters increase, mothers spend a lot of time thinking very carefully about how they can protect their families in the 21st century. and how to prepare for future disasters.
Elementary school teacher Jane Sultana, mother of two teenage sons in the area, has been through it all. She says it affects how she raises her children.
Jane Sultana says climate change is affecting how her family approaches vacations. sauce: attached
“When we go on vacation with our family in the summer, we don’t go too far because we don’t want to get caught in wildfire activity while driving.”
Dr. Pascoe Leahy said he hopes the research will lead to better support services for families to deal with the climate crisis.
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/the-women-choosing-the-climate-over-having-a-baby/ko3vdw82e Women who won’t have children because of climate change