We’re living in a world of people who are judging parenting from the view of a partier, which makes sense when you don’t have a child — something to take responsibility for. But we have such a thing, the environment.
I know people who used to party a lot. When they have kids they take on responsibility far greater than bringing reusable bags to the store, giving up their old fun lifestyle.
I have yet to meet a parent who regretted that responsibility. We can learn from that perspective and apply it to what has effectively been a few centuries of partying on fossil fuels.
The joy you wish you could get from exploring nature you can get from protecting it, even if that means picking up other people’s garbage.