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Emilie Silverwood-Cope: Family life will look very different as birth rates plummet





It wasn’t very long ago that having three children, as I have, was considered not a good thing.

Family life is about to look very different as the UK birth rate is now the lowest it has ever been, with just 1.49 children now being born per woman.
Family life is about to look very different as the UK birth rate is now the lowest it has ever been, with just 1.49 children now being born per woman.

In just 2021 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were stopping at two for environmental reasons, rather than for the traditional reason of being totally knackered. This ‘stopping at two’ was enough to get them an award from the environmental British charity Population Matters (just don’t mention the private jets guys). When you visit the Population Matters website (patrons include Sir David Attenborough) you’re shown a terrifying collection of quotes, facts and stats which essentially spell out: “Stop having babies you feckless lot, you’re ruining everything!” The message was clear – there’s too many humans and we all just need to stop for a bit.

Well, the message seems to have got through, because across the developed world people have done exactly that. The UK birth rate is now the lowest it has ever been, with just 1.49 children now being born per woman. This downward trend is happening all over Europe as well as South Korea, Canada, Singapore, Japan and the USA.



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