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Rachel Ries’ decision not to have children evolved slowly and through many of the typical reasons, including relationships and career.

But when the 37-year-old Minneapolis singer-songwriter wrote about it in an online testimonial two years ago, her rationale was nothing less than global climate change. “I have no confidence I’d leave my daydream children or grandchildren with a hospitable home on this planet,” she wrote, “and I can’t abide that.”

Her mother, Shirley Ries of Freeman, S.D., was stunned. “I c…
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