- According to the tech billionaire, low and rapidly declining birth rates are “one of the most serious threats to civilization.”
- His remarks come when an increasing number of people are choosing not to have children, citing issues such as climate change and inequality.
Musk went on to say that too many “good, smart people” believe the world has too many people and that the population is out of control. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, wants people to have more children.
“There aren’t enough people,” Musk said Monday at a Wall Street Journal event. “I can’t stress this enough: there aren’t enough people,” he said. Musk went on to say that too many “good, smart people” believe the world has too many people and that the population is out of control.
“It’s the exact opposite,” Musk said, urging people to examine the data. “Civilization will crumble if people do not have more children.” “Take my word for it.”
When asked if this is why he has so many children, the father of six explained that he is trying to set a good example and practice what he preaches.
In a July note to investors, Morgan Stanley analysts stated that the “movement to not have children owing to fears about climate change is growing or impacting fertility rates quicker than any last trend in the field of fertility decline.”
They cited surveys, academic research, or Google data to support their claim that climate change is, directly and indirectly, accelerating the decline in fertility rates.
According to UCLA researchers, the number of births in the United States fell in the nine months following an extreme heat event. A comparison of 18,000 couples in China previous year found that climate change, specifically particulate pollution, was associated with a 20% increased likelihood of infertility.
Of course, if everyone stopped having children, humanity would eventually perish. A small group of anti-natalists believes this is precisely what should happen, but most people disagree. Indeed, many people consider having children a fundamental human right that can bring happiness and joy to families.
Source: CNBC News