Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday on Instagram Live that millennials are struggling with the moral question of whether it is okay to have children due to problems like global warming and student debt. Twitter user @GobAbiertoBOL captured the stream.
"There’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult, and it does lead, I think, young people, to have a legitimate question: Is it OK to still have children?" Ocasio-Cortez said.
"Not just financially because people are graduating with 20, 30, $100,000 worth of student loan debt, and so they can’t even afford to have kids and a house, but also just this basic moral question, like, ‘what do we do?’" she continued. "And even if you don’t have kids, there are still children here in the world and we have a moral obligation to leave a better world for them."
Ocasio-Cortez also weighed in on Sen. Dianne Feinstein's viral encounter Friday with a group of children advocating the Green New Deal. Feinstein told the young activists that she can't support the plan but she has "been doing this for 30 years" and "know what I’m doing."
Ocasio-Cortez made the case that "working on an issue for 30 years" doesn’t qualify someone to "solve an issue."
"That said, there are a lot of people that have been doing this work for decades that have proposed ambitious solutions for years and have not been listened to," Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said. "So it’s not just, ‘I’ve been doing this for 30 years,’ so we need to listen to them, because, frankly, people have been failing at the same things for 30 or 40 years. What we need to do is say, ‘What solutions have not been tried yet? And what ambitious scale have we not shot at yet.’ And let’s do it. Let’s do it."