Do concerns about climate change lead women in Canada to have fewer children? Cardus Senior Fellow and demographer Lyman Stone set out to answer that question in a new Cardus report, Climate and the Crib: Do Environmental Concerns Reduce Fertility?

The report finds that:

Only 28% of women under age 30 who desire more children than they currently have named climate change as a concern that influenced their family-planning decisions.
While women who had climate-change worries tended to report smaller ideal and intended family sizes, this worry made no significant difference in actual fertility behaviours.
Both women who are worried about climate change and women who are not worried about it are likely to have fewer children than they desire or intend. Even women who report that climate-change worry influences their childbearing plans desire more children than they are actually likely to have.

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