VHEMT

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Voluntary Human Extinction Movement

Submitted: May 27, 2019

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VHEMT

A few weeks ago I was asked what my opinions were towards VHEMT. I can honestly say that at the time I had no opinions about it whatsoever because, quite simply, I had never, ever heard about it. So it was a case of Wikipedia to the rescue.

VHEMT (pronounced ‘vehement’) stands for Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. No, it is not a movement that advocates mass suicide but believes humans should stop reproducing so that eventually the race will meet an inevitable end.

As a movement it was formed in 1991 by Les U. Knight, (I’m wondering if this is a funny way of saying ‘Let’s Unite’, but maybe that’s just my natural scepticism).

 

We're the only species evolved enough to consciously go extinct for the good of all life, or which needs to.

—VHEMT Website


 

Human population has become too great for the planet to handle and that it is in the interest of the Earth’s biosphere that humans stop reproducing. It also puts forward the idea that humanity is incompatible with the biosphere and that human existence is causing so much environmental damage that they will ultimately bring about not only their own extinction, but that of many other species too.

By ceasing to reproduce, there will be a decline in human suffering and the extinction of other species will be avoided. VHEMT does not agree with government-mandated population control programs though, declaring that compulsion will not work and that it has to be an entirely voluntary decision. At least their stance is not as extreme as the Church of Euthanasia, which advocates both suicide and cannibalism. VHEMT has of course come under criticism from established religions; for instance it is claimed by the Roman Catholic Church that the existence of humainity is divinely ordained.


 

VHEMT slogan.


 

So, what do I think? Well, they seem to be another extremist group among many others. I am not a hard-line environmentalist, but I do believe that all species have as much right to exist on the planet as humans.

I do not think it is necessary for humans to cease to reproduce or to go extinct in order to share the planet. But humanity does have to start thinking with empathy for other species. The Earths resources are not unlimited, and they must be shared, including the land. More and more of the world is being seized by humans, used by humans, with no consideration to other living beings.

Having been asked the question myself, I’d like to put it out there and ask what others think too.


 

 


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