BBC film questions the right to have babies

Mar 08, 2019, 7:32 AM EST
(Source: tanitta/flickr)
(Source: tanitta/flickr)

The intriguing story of an Indian man who plans to sue his parents for giving birth to him is still making the rounds on the Internet. The gentleman’s ungratefulness toward his parents stems from anti-natalism — a philosophy that calls on people to stop procreating, as life is full of misery.

An upcoming film by the BBC navigates similar territory albeit for a different reason — the planet’s sustainability. The BBC in its new presentation, which is a part of Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet Live series, will question the moral legitimacy of bringing a new life into a world destined for a dystopian future in the face of runaway global warming and overpopulation, notes The Telegraph.

In the first blush, the question being asked appears fairly reasonable and contextual, as the planet’s population puts itself on course to breach the 9.7 billion mark by 2050. However, a deeper probe lays bare the bizarreness of this query, motivated by “outdated Malthusianism,” writes Mercatornet.

One leg of this seemingly eccentric question is pegged in the ignorance of the fact that the world population increases due to fewer deaths and not more births. The idea also ridicules the very tools of change — the children — by exclusively attributing the planet’s distress to them.