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"How do we talk about having children when we can't ensure a livable planet for future generations?"

Updated: Nov 5, 2021

The BirthStrike movement: a video commentary by Billie Turner

NB: This video was made in March 2020 for a project for Billie's Planetary Health module at QMUL.


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