No matter how many Mars space missions are being made it is no news that there are serious issues and concerns when it comes to the environment of planet earth. A man started a campaign for human extinction after his stress and worries increased after seeing every baby.
Climate change is nothing new and small. It was and is still a serious issue. American substitute teacher, Les Knight knows exactly how this problem of climate change can be solved. Not only sustainable resources, recycling, and awareness campaigns will help the planet earth at this point. For this serious problem, serious steps should be taken to solve it.
Les is a part of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEM) and it means exactly what it says and one thought after reading the name of the group. The group can be described as “A movement advanced by people who care about life on planet Earth. We’re not just a bunch of misanthropes and anti-social, Malthusian misfits, taking morbid delight whenever disaster strikes humans. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Voluntary human extinction is the humanitarian alternative to human disasters.”
The main cause of the problem is humans and their habits. The human habits are the root cause of climate change. According to NASA current carbon dioxide concentration levels are 412 parts per million. There is an increase of 45% or more from the pre-industrial levels. The movement first was called ‘Human Extinction Movement’ but later the word ‘voluntary’ was added as the main of the movement was not suicide, it was controlling the population voluntarily.
Les shared that: “I’m often referred to as the founder [of VHEM], but I’m really the finder. The idea was here all along, just got lost in natalist cultural conditioning. I gave it a name so it might not get lost again. I started promoting human extinction in the early 70s when I was at university – eventually I realized I had to put a ‘V’ in for voluntary because people always presumed when I said ‘human extinction’ their mind jumps to death. They would think ‘oh, you want everyone to kill themselves?’ or ‘oh, you want to kill everybody?’ – once we get over that misconception, they realized the idea is that we need to stop procreating.”
It is not that he just started the voluntary movement and other than did nothing for it. Les is still the most active member of the group. He had the procedure of vasectomy at the age of 25 and even after 47 years he didn’t regret his decision. He was happy and proud of his decision.
He further shared “Wherever we go, extinctions occur and we [humans] are causing the sixth mass extinction. We may not be able to stop that from happening, but the sooner we go extinct and the more species that are left – the pasture and the biosphere can return to biodiversity. We’re pulling strands from the web of life and putting more pressure on it, so as we phase ourselves out we can clean up our messes. If we were growing smaller every year instead of increasing by 80 million, we might be able to stop destroying ecosystems in seconds and start restoring them instead.”