Les U Knight, head of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement or VHEM, a school teacher in Portland, Oregon, has called on humanity to stop having babies in order to prevent irreversible damage to the Earth.
He argues that increasing human population is pushing the planet to its limits, VHEM wants humans to voluntarily phase itself out in order to save the planet for other less-destructive life-forms.
The claim is that human progress will always be undermined by unsustainable population growth.
In the latest edition of The Big Issue Knight suggests the world is on the brink of an ecological collapse and that “will not be a pleasant experience”. He adds: “As we phase ourselves out, the lives of those of us who exist will greatly improve. And those of us who don’t exist won’t know the difference.”
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