Stewardship of the Earth: Population Control is Not the Answer
Chuck Colson, BreakPoint
November 17, 2011
This same view of human as polluters and despoilers is prevalent in the modern environmental movement. Its most common manifestation is the link between environmentalism and population control.
Its most extreme manifestations are wishful musings about “culling the human herd” and calls for “voluntary human extinction.”
Given the literally inhumane thinking that animates a lot of modern environmental thinking, a humane Christian response is sorely needed.
The Missouri Miner
Voluntary extinction: any takers?
October 7, 2010
Has anyone ever thought about phasing out the human race voluntarily to improve the current crowded conditions and to increase our resources? This has never really crossed my mind, but there are a group of people out there promoting a movement that encourages voluntarily refusing to breed; therefore, slowly killing off the human race. We are currently moving toward an environmentally conscious society. People are recycling, thinking twice before they litter, purchasing fuel efficient vehicles, and using energy wisely, but that is not enough according to this group of people (who say they are not an organization). They believe that the only way to save plants and animals is to voluntarily extinct ourselves.
10 January 2009
Am I fit to breed?
Whether the world needs more children is a tough question. Whether the world is worthy of one’s own children is harder still
28 December 2008
“VHMENT is an acronym for the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, brainchild of one Les U Knight. The followers of this movement take to its logical conclusion the observation that the population growth of the human species is unsustainable. Rather than waiting for nature to extinguish us by itself, which process will almost inevitably involve the destruction of many other species besides, we should initiate proceedings ourselves by refusing to have any more children.
“Altruism, of course, is said to be a uniquely human quality (there are those who deny it even to be this, of course), and there is something magnificent about the thought of an entire species simply switching itself off, without violence or force of anything other than will, to make way for something more lasting. It is unthinkable within the system of nature, unless as the conscious, involuntary corollary to a process that may be occurring anyway. But the absurdity lies not in the aim, which is in many ways laudable, but in the idea that the compassionate motivation in which it originates could possibly see the project through.”
Eco Group Calls For “Voluntary Human Extinction”
May 12, 2008
Says masses should be indoctrinated to stop having children in order that the human race can die out and save the planet
A further read around the VHEMT site leaves a very sour taste for anyone who happens not to agree that the human race should be systematically wiped out. This movement is very calculated in its unwavering explanation and rationalization of an eventuality totally at odds with the history of evolution. It even appeals to different philosophies and religions and attempts to use their dogma to bolster its own views.
In an interview with World Net Daily, a spokesperson for the group, going under the pseudonym Les U. Knight, highlights the pure doublethink that one must engage in in order to come to the conclusions this group do: [In answer to a question about the VHEMT concept dying out as VHEMTers die out]
“It’s an idea, and it’s not transferred genetically,” he said. “We aren’t born knowing we should go extinct; we have to learn it. We don’t need to create new humans in order to indoctrinate them from birth. All of us come from breeding couples, and yet we’ve decided not to breed.”
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of this group is that it equates itself with a general freedom movement. describing its ideal as “reproductive freedom” rather than “population control”. However a thorough read through their material makes it clear that the group is intent on imposing its views on people in order to change their mindset, whether they like it or not.
[VHEMT propaganda is that powerful. Hide it from your children!]
more babies, please
The Guardian online
24 November 2007
“Humans are breeding with persistent determination and it’s giving me a headache. Wouldn’t the earth be better off without us?”
Pete Rose Live Long And Die Out
by Big Daddy Drew
8 September 2007
“Perhaps you’ve heard of the new book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman’s blow-by-blow account of what would happen on Earth if all human beings suddenly disappeared. But if you think this book is just some environmentalist’s wet dream, you’re wrong. Dead wrong. People, I give you The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, a very real foundation that hopes to make just such a scenario reality. Their slogan? ‘May we live long and die out.’ Indeed. For what better way to prevent species from going extinct than to make a species go extinct? I particularly enjoyed the group’s FAQ.
“Q: Are some people opposed to VHEMT?
Yes, but only some. There’s also this quote:
‘...we will arrive at virtually the same conclusion: we should voluntarily phase ourselves out for the good of humanity and planet.’
“I agree. Nothing could be better for humanity than ending humanity. This is the kind of project that I think actually does some good, because the people who will agree to phase themselves out are people I hope would never choose to breed anyway.”
3 September 2007
“Take the save-the-planet blueprint behind zero population growth one step further, and you’ve got the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (or ‘VHEMT’ for short, except that that ‘T’ doesn’t stand for anything, and seems to have been inserted solely to make the resultant acronym vaguely pronounceable as ‘vehement’).
“Species self-destruction as a green act. It’s the chic approach, I’ll grant you. Not that anyone’s pushing anyone else off a cliff, as summarized in the VHEMT’s unofficial motto: “May We Live Long and Die Out.’”
Answer To Global Warming Is For Humans To Become Extinct
July 16, 2007
“How can the Earth return to a healthy planet? VHEMT says the only way is to elimate the human race. Not by war or famie but simply by not producing any more of our own kind. Are they serious?”
by Eric March 1, 2007
That’s human life, by the way. The “Youth Outreach of the Pro-Life Action League” doesn’t appreciate Nina Paley’s animations:
“Babies Are Eating the Planet!
The ‘anti-breeding’ animations of artist Nina Paley have to be seen to be believed. I would call her ‘radical child hater Nina Paley,’ but even that doesn’t come close to describing her apparent contempt for children—and indeed for all resource-consuming human beings.
“Then again, for all I know she might be quite fond of the particular children she knows, preferring to despise only those unknown but too-numerous children spawned by Christians and suburbanites. Consistent logic is not to be expected from those who hold the view that human beings are by their nature a blight upon the planet; they apparently except themselves from that analysis, so why not their friends and their children’s friends too?
“But whatever Ms. Paley may be like in person, her animations are horrific—the more so because she is tremendously talented.” [more]
by Michael Huang
Monday, July 10, 2006
“‘It is important for the human race to spread out into space for the survival of the species,’ said Stephen Hawking recently in Hong Kong. Although many individuals have expressed the same view (see http://www.spacequotes.com and http://www.spaext.com for some examples), many people are hearing it for the first time. Widespread media coverage of Hawking’s comments began a welcome public discussion of this important topic.
“However, this attention is unwelcome to those who want the complete opposite. The opposite of Stephen Hawking’s statement would be something like, ‘It is important for the human race to stay on Earth for the extinction of the species.’ It is hard to believe, but some people want their own kind to end, the sooner the better.”
“One of the most famous is Les U. Knight, founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. VHEMT (pronounced “vehement”) states that ‘Phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed will allow Earth’s biosphere to return to good health.’ In other words, humans should stop having children to eliminate humankind and improve the environment.
“The appeal of VHEMT to its followers is its non-violent, passive approach to extinction. There’s no need for mass suicides, war, or disease to kill off humankind; only avoiding the difficult work of having and raising children. VHEMT is the lazy person’s extinction.
“Of course, the repulsion of VHEMT lies in the end of humankind: the loss of cumulative achievements in the arts and sciences, the elimination of countless future human lives, and the end of intelligent life on Earth. Of great consequence is the loss of a future for life itself.”
[We’re in agreement on that last sentence].
“The Web provides a digital soapbox to all comers, and God bless ‘em, some real oddballs take full advantage of the opportunity. Meet the VHEMT. Its mission statement? ‘Phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed will allow Earth’s biosphere to return to good health.’ (Um, you first.)”
[Okay, you next: snip snip]
John A. De Goes
December 2, 2005
“Driving home from the airport last week, I caught an interview with the founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, a group whose goal is to extinct humans by means of a universal, voluntary, self-imposed ban on human reproduction...
“Why Knight is so focused on humans in particular, I can’t say, since the reproductive dominance of any species in a world with finite resources must lead to a decrease in biodiversity...
But the larger gripe I have with Knight’s argument stems from my objection to the notion of intrinsic good. I categorically deny that anything is ‘good’, and instead insist only that things are good to someone...
“Another interesting point about the VHEM movement is that it seems doomed to fail at the hands of social and natural selection. Anyone who believes in VHEM will not reproduce, and will therefore die out. The people who don’t believe in VHEM will survive and raise children, most of whom will end up sharing the beliefs of their parents...”
Burr in the Burgh
November 21, 2005
Voluntary Human Extinction Movement
”Do you believe that the planet earth is becoming over-populated? Do you worry that there may not be enough resources to sustain the burgeoning population? Then you may be interested to know about the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. This movement does not advocate murder, forced-sterilization, suicide or genocide. But it does encourage people simply to stop having babies. Why? So that the planet earth can return to health. But allow me to be as clear as possible. They do not promote reducing or stopping population growth. They literally promote the extinction of the human race.
”You absolutely MUST download this video from their website. If you still use dial-up, this could take a while, but it’s worth the wait. It’s a 4.5 minute animation comparing the human race to a cancerous tumor metastasizing and killing mother earth.
On the other hand, if you would like to see some sane statistics and research about population growth, go here:” Population Research Institute
Aversion Rock, Punk, Indie
Group Lobbies for Human Extinction
Nov 18, 2005
Those environmentalists, always harping about “stop extinction” this and “endangered species” that. Now a group is looking to help the Earth with a new plan: wiping out mankind.
The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, based in San Francisco, wants to do Mother Earth a big favor by helping eliminate humans from the planet. Rather than the nuclear holocausts or alien invasion as mode for human destruction we tend to hang our hats upon, the VHEMT wants people to just stop having babies of their own accord. When we all stop having offspring, the human race will die out, and all our environmental problems, pollution, forcing extinctions and a horde of other environmental issues, will die with us.
“Thank You For Not Breeding!”
November 17, 2005
“May we live long and die out.”
“Thank you for not breeding.”
Who on earth would be putting these two ridiculous messages on bumper stickers and T-shirts? If you can believe it, there is a group based in San Francisco that is calling for the extinction of the human race. Yeah, you read that right. They want all of us—including themselves—to be extinct for the good of the Earth.
VHEMT (pronounced vehement) - Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. I’m still trying to figure out what the hell the “T” stands for in VHEMT. I think they just stuck it on their so they can go around saying “vehement.” Of course, they still need an “N” in front of the “T.” It seems these morons can’t spell.
Here’s their argument in a nutshell: We humans consume and therefore ravage the Earth. We destroy the ecosystem and cause thousands upon thousands of other animal species to become extinct through our consumption and pollution. This movement is calling for the long range extinction of the human race in order to save the earth. When you look at the staggering statistics concerning human beings, they make a compelling argument...
*16,000 humans are born every hour on the world
*Each human creates 22 million pounds of liquid waste and 2.2 million pounds of solid waste (you can thank all the pro-fiber people for that one)
*Each human will consume 4,000 barrels of oil, 1.5 million pounds of minerals (which easily converts to more solid waste), and 62,000 pounds of animal products
*40,000 children died each day of malnutrition
(all stats from www.vhemt.org) [Actually, just the last one.]
So VHEM(T) believes we need to stop breeding, get old, and all just die. And that will save the Earth.
Les Knight, founder of VHEM(t) had a vasectomy back in the 1970s when he was 25. He says,“We can’t be breeding right now. It’s obvious that the intentional creation of another [human being] by anyone anywhere can’t be justified today” (SF Chronicle, 11/16/05).
On their website, they have several justifications for their views coming from all different perspectives: the economic impact, overpopulation issues, morality and religious issues, and environmental perspectives. They one day hope for: “Gaia completely cured of pox humans. Without us meddlesome humans, all other species would get their fair chance at survival.”
I don’t know about that, Les. I think cockroaches LOVE all the stuff we leave for them...as do mice, rats, and other species that eat our scraps.
Here are just a few of my personal observations:
1)What the hell is the “T” for in VHEMT? Come ’on Les...tell me. It’s really bothering me. Does it mean “team?” Maybe “terror” or “troopers.”
2)What good is a perfect Gaia without any humans? It just sounds pretty idiotic to me. You want us to be ecocentric? Forgo the human race to save Earth? Isn’t that like falling in love with your car?
3)The biological urge to have children is our innermost base desire, removed from our conscious mind at times. Even two VHEM(T) members shed their movement’s beliefs for their own needs. Mike and Mary Brune (Mike is the director the Rainforest Action Network and Mary is founder of Making Our Milk Safe) went against their own movement’s manifesto and had a child after 7 years of marriage. Mike+Mary = Olivia, 15 months old now. How you like that Les?
4)They’re against our species’ survival! That goes against every fiber in every human being’s body. Survival is perhaps our strongest ingrained instinct. If I had a gun and started shooting it at Les, he’s going to duck...he’s going to run and try to take cover. Why? Because he doesn’t want to die. It’s a survival instinct that takes over. We can’t just turn off that instinct to survive as an individual, as a family, as a community, and as a race of beings. [there’s more]
[The 35 replies hit most of the standard misconceptions, proving once again that ignorance about an issue is no barrier to vehement opinions on it. Some funny comments when you know what VHEMT is really about. I had to post a comment there in reply.]
LifeSite Your Life, Family, and
Population Control Fanatic Advocates “Voluntary Human Extinction” as Means to “Green” the Planet
Somewhat similar views held by Gorbachev, Cousteau, Suzuki and others
By Terry Vanderheyden
PORTLAND, November 16, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) “A population control fanatic is calling for massive world de-population - and therefore elimination of human reproduction - ostensibly for the purpose of revitalizing the planet’s ecosystem.
Describing human population growth as an “inexorable horror,” Voluntary Human Extinction Movement founder Les Knight said “It’s obvious that the intentional creation of another [human being] by anyone anywhere can’t be justified today,” according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. [more]
Oblogatory Anecdotes [No longer online]
September 29, 2005
Excerpt: What’s scary is that extremism always has to go one step further, so the logical conclusion to VHEMT is the Involuntary Human Extinction Movement. [That’s logical: one thing follows another.]
There may be forms of this going on now. John Terrantino [Actually, James Taranto.]of the Opinion Journal coined the phrase “the Roe Effect”. His theory is that the reason conservatives are gaining in numbers in this country is because liberals are either not having babies or aborting them, thus unable to pass liberalism on to the next generation. If VHEMT catches on then even more liberals would stop breeding and instead of the human race becoming extinct it would be liberalism itself. Hmmmm. GO VHEMT!!
VHEMT Is Only Half-Right
September 17, 2005
Why the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement will only take us so far.
There is no question that the voluntary extinction of the human race is a good and noble cause, and it will surprise nobody to learn that I am a strong supporter of the movement. But VHEMT has no real “game plan” - they advocate the cessation of pointless breeding and advise us to consider the health of the entire ecosystem before our own selfish desires. In order for people to see the wisdom in the minimization of productive copulation, they must be taught that more humans equates with greater damage to our increasingly-fragile, unstable planet.
But how are we to convince people that damage to the planet should be actively discouraged? Most of us claim to be “environmentally aware”, but awareness is useless if it doesn’t result in direct action. I am more environmentally aware than my cat, for example, but my cat doesn’t use electricity or consume plastics or spray aerosols or travel by car. Her inaction is my “awareness”, and I find it interesting that non-human animals (NHA’s, for convenience), while completely oblivious to the planet’s natural infrastructure, do very little damage to it (and that damage they do cause, primarily in the case of introduced species wreaking havoc on indigenous flora and fauna, is human-initiated anyway), while humans, who carry on about being “deeply concerned for the environment”, are fucking it all up as awesomely and as mercilessly and as ceaselessly as possible. [more]
News from the front - It isn’t just about hunting anymore.
By Don Zaidler
In Wild Earth, Vol. 1, No. 2, a writer using the pseudonym Les U. Knight said, “The extinction of Homo sapiens would mean survival for millions, if not billions, of earth-dwelling species. Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental.” As extreme as AR’s “final solution” is, it nonetheless has influential advocates, such as Peter Singer.
Singer is recognized as the AR “Messiah,” credited with founding the movement with the 1975 publication of his book “Animal Liberation”.
Executive Intelligence Review
Prince Philip’s Malthusians Launch New Age Killer Cults
by Mark Burdman and Roger Moore
July 18, 1997
We Should Phase Ourselves Out
The VHEMT promotes itself as more “reasonable” than the GLF, since it supports “voluntary,” rather than “involuntary” approaches to human extinction.
On inspection, however, the VHEMT policies are no less draconian.
The group was founded in 1991, in Portland, Oregon, by Les Knight, a schoolteacher. His stated purpose is to “phase out” the human race, primarily through putting a “stop at once, to all reproduction.” According to Knight, “each child increases the environmental impact of a family by 50%, and two children do so by 100%.”
On June 8, 1994, Knight was interviewed on BBC World Service’s “Outlook” program. The BBC interviewer, who chirped that Knight’s views were “very interesting,” reported that the VHEMT was gaining support from elements of the environmentalist movement in the United States. Knight told BBC: “Having made such a mess of the world, we should phase ourselves out. We’re incompatible with the biosphere.”
In the same breath that he expressed his affection, as a schoolteacher, for children, he said that the appropriate slogan for the times in which we are living, would be: “Make love, not babies.”