There are many ways that people can reduce their impact on planet Earth, from going vegan to pledging not to fly on airplanes. But a growing number of individuals believe the best thing to do for the Earth is to participate in the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, which aims to reduce the number of people on Earth.
With the human population recently having reached 8 billion people, the founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement is seizing this moment and sharing how people can combat the risks that are associated with a growing human population by participating in the movement. Here’s what you need to know about the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, its founder, and how to get involved if you so choose.
The founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, Les U. Knight, concluded that the best thing for the planet would be a peaceful phase-out of human existence. “We’re causing the extinction of hundreds of thousands of other species. With us gone, I believe ecosystems will be restored and there will be enough of everything. No more fighting over resources”.
Even though the idea that human beings should just voluntarily die out seems preposterous, no one can deny the damage we have caused to the natural biodiversity of the Earth.
“The loss of biodiversity can be just as devastating as it unravels the ecosystems we need to survive,” Stephanie Feldstein, director of population and sustainability at the Center for Biological Diversity, said. “We’re already using nearly twice as many resources as the Earth can replenish in a year.”
One of the most effective ways to combat global warming say both climate activists and those concerned about overpopulation, is to expand access to education for girls around the world, in addition to birth control and family planning. Nearly half of all pregnancies worldwide, some 121 million a year, are unintended. The Center of Biological Diversity, for its part, has handed out a million endangered species-themed condoms, colorfully packaged with slogans such as “for the sake of the horned lizard, slow down, love wizard.”