In case you haven't heard, the world is melting. Literally. And the UN believes we only have 12 years to limit the affects of climate change before we're all doomed to live with the fallout of our bad behavior. What does that fallout look like? Droughts, floods, fires, poverty — think Old Testament God, times 10.
Like many people, Prince Harry thinks we're too far gone in terms of controlling climate change. And he's limiting the children he wants as a result.
In an interview with Jane Goodall, Prince Harry calls the destruction of our environment "terrifying" and says we're all like a bunch of stupid frogs being brought to boil. He literally said: "We are already living in it. We are the frog in the water and it's already been brought to the boil."
He said becoming a father made him look at climate change from a different lens.
"I view it differently now, without question. But I've always wanted to try and ensure that, even before having a child and hoping to have children."
And that new way of looking at environmental change made him want fewer kids. When having kids came up in this context, Jane Goodall reminded him "not too many," and he concluded "two, maximum."
There's a growing number of people who don't want kids for environmental reasons — either because having a kid negatively impacts the environment or because they don't want to leave their children to live on a dangerous Earth.
But in the case of Meghan and Harry, the environmental reasoning seems a little silly. I mean, if they're worried about the environmental impacts of children... they have a private jet and they know how to use it. And if they're worried about leaving their kids to inherit a literal hellfire, well, they're willing to do it to Archie. I also feel like we can't ignore the irony of the Prince of England — arguably the country most responsible for both colonialism and industrialism as we know it — lamenting about the negative effects of climate change on their kids.
Then again, who am I to judge someone trying their best? I mean, I was a vegetarian for, like, six weeks because I thought it would save the Earth. And then I fell off because I like steak and also a lot of other delicious foods. I have no reason to judge. If it's good enough for Jane Goodall, it's good enough for me. Thanks for your dedication to the Earth, Prince Harry.