That’s up for debate, according to the freshman congresswoman’s Instagram Live video over the weekend. While cooking chili in her kitchen, Ocasio-Cortez shared some very strong opinions about the direction that the world is heading in and why giving birth may not be a smart decision.
“Our planet is going to face disaster if we don’t turn this ship around. And so it’s basically like, there is 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,” she ranted.
The 29-year-old went on to say, “Not just financially because people are graduating with 20, 30, 100 thousand dollars of student loan debt so they can’t even afford to have kids in the house, but there’s also just this basic moral question, like, what do we do?”
Ocasio-Cortez believes that the answer to that question partially lies in the Green New Deal, which she wrote with Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey and released earlier this month. The progressive plan would put more of a focus on renewable energy sources in hopes of eventually completely eliminating the use of fossil fuels in the U.S.
“Even if you don’t have kids, there are still children here in the world and we have a moral obligation to them to leave a better world to them,” the New York representative explained.
She also took a few jabs at fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who recently spoke out against the Green Deal after confronted by a group of children demanding that she sign it. Ocasio-Cortez accused Feinstein of “failing at the same things for 30 or 40 years,” and encouraging viewers to instead consider new, more ambitious solutions.