The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement

The title says it all.  One of my professors brought this to my attention in class today.  The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement is a peaceful movement based on the idea that the Earth would be a better place without people. For the full info, visit their website.

It is definitely a fact that the human race is growing, and it’s a fact that resources are finite.  Logically, it is only a matter of time before we burn ourselves out.  Government control over reproduction isn’t a good thing, and neither is genocide, and VHEMT wants to solve the problem peacefully and morally.  It seems as if not having children is in fact the right thing to do.

It should also be noted that we don’t have to go as far as a human extinction.  We could slow down reproduction until we have a much smaller population.  With a smaller population, problems like energy, pollution, and food shortages would become things of the past. With the “green” movement in full swing, people should realize that the “greenest” thing you could ever do is to cut down on children.  Of course, this is a huge sacrifice, which is why it must be presented as a choice.  The only way the human race ever truly changes is when it is done willingly.

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~ by candlehand on December 1, 2008.

5 Responses to “The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement”

  1. This is a really interesting subject and when I get time.. I would like to look into it more. Personally, its not something I would ever commit to because I want to have kids more than anything. Ray and I are excited about one day making babies 😀

  2. Interesting indeed. I like the fact they have a knack for humor, this quote made me laugh, “Today’s children are tomorrow’s destiny.” However, they’ve hit the mark on one of the best ways to sustain the planet, but it definitely presents a moral dilemma for many people.

    I’d like to think and hope population surges will level out once we can live in completely sustainable environments. Working with and giving back to the Earth is key, rather than gobbling up it’s non-renewable resources. Maybe once the idea of sustainability becomes prominent, and works its way into educational systems, people will not want to have as many kids, since they will fully realize the impact.

    Unfortunately this kind of grasp of sustainability will not come universally throughout the world. Countries with high poverty levels need special attention and need help from those who our more fortunate.

  3. Yeah, I’m not supporting the end of mankind, but I do believe the population HAS to come under control soon. In this aspect, not having children IS the moral thing to do.

    As long as I have only 1 or 2 though, the net gain will even out. My friend knows some woman at his church with 22 children. Let’s count up the carbon impact on that. Ouch.

  4. Ooops, i thought, “Today’s children are tomorrow’s destiny.” was actually this, “Today’s children are tomorrow’s DENSITY.” lol

  5. Unfortunately the prospect of this seems to me that only very intellectual people would sign on with this idea leaving the people that want to procreate counted among the less intelligent slice of the population. Which in turn over time would cause the majority of the population to severely decrease in the IQ area.

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