Alden Wicker is a freelance journalist living in Brooklyn. She covers sustainable fashion and living, personal finance, and other curiosities.

5 Sustainable Reasons I Never Want To Have Kids

5 Sustainable Reasons I Never Want To Have Kids

A few weeks ago, as we sat on a bus that would take us down to my nephew’s second birthday party, I turned to my fiancé and said, “What if I got my tubes tied?"

“What?!” he whispered. He was more alarmed than I expected — given the fact that I have been making noises about my disinterest in having children almost since we first started dating two years ago.

“What if you change your mind?” he almost pleaded. "I don’t want you to live with regret."

I wondered if he was right. I’ve been told by the women in my family that my baby-making instincts could kick in at any moment. My mother tells me that at 27 she switched from never wanting children, to really, really wanting a baby. I’m 28 now — perhaps there is still time for me.

But the more I’ve thought about it, the more I think this isn’t true. That's because many of my main reasons for not having children aren't an aversion to kids per se— but because I care deeply about the planet:

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