Part 1 in a series on extremist environmentalist groups
(Special Report) - “Phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed will allow Earth's biosphere to return to good health. Crowded conditions and resource shortages will improve as we become less dense.”
So says the frontpage of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT, pronounced vehement).
May we live long and die out
The basic concept behind VHEMT is the belief that the Earth would be better off without humans, and as such, humans should refuse to breed. However, this does not mean humans should be forced to not breed. The group was founded by Les U. Knight, whose stated life work is “to phase out the human race by non-coercive means.”
The goal of VHEMT is eventual human extinction, although they understand that is unlikely to happen.
Action is voluntary. So far, not much success, other than media attention.
VHEMT recognizes two levels of support:
“Volunteers” think all of us should voluntarily refrain from reproducing further, bringing about the eventual extinction of Homo sapiens.
“Supporters” think intentional creation of one more of us by any of us is unjustifiable at this time, but extinction of our species goes too far.