Pulling the Plug on Humans


Back in the day I was an active supporter of Zero Population Growth (ZPG), which advocated limiting human population to the then extant levels in the 1960s. I never had biological children of my own. I adopted my son. 

While our intentions were laudable, ZPG was a monumental failure. Human population has exploded from just over 3 billion people in the 60s to almost 8 billion today. Since 1968, ZPG has been Population Connection (http://www.populationconnection.org/)

An even more ambitious movement to control, and to eliminate, human population is the Voluntary Human Extinction Project. Although it portends an even greater likelihood of failure than ZPG, it is a much sounder proposal than merely limiting human population growth.

From the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement’s (VHEMT.org) website:

VHEMT (pronounced vehement) is a movement not an organization. It’s 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.

We don’t carry on about how the human race has shown itself to be a greedy, amoral parasite on the once-healthy face of this planet. That type of negativity offers no solution to the inexorable horrors which human activity is causing.

Rather, The Movement presents an encouraging alternative to the callous exploitation and wholesale destruction of Earth’s ecology.

As VHEMT Volunteers know, the hopeful alternative to the extinction of millions of species of plants and animals is the voluntary extinction of one species: Homo sapiens… us.

Each time another one of us decides to not add another one of us to the burgeoning billions already squatting on this ravaged planet, another ray of hope shines through the gloom.

When every human chooses to stop breeding, Earth’s biosphere will be allowed to return to its former glory, and all remaining creatures will be free to live, die, evolve (if they believe in evolution), and will perhaps pass away, as so many of Nature’s “experiments” have done throughout the eons.

It’s going to take all of us going.


From Wikipedia: The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT[) is an environmental movement that calls for all people to abstain from reproduction to cause the gradual voluntary extinction of humankind. VHEMT supports human extinction primarily because, in the group’s view, it would prevent environmental degradation. The group states that a decrease in the human population would prevent a significant amount of human-caused suffering. The extinctions of non-human species and the scarcity of resources required by humans are frequently cited by the group as evidence of the harm caused by human overpopulation.

VHEMT was founded in 1991 by Les U. Knight, an American activist who became involved in the environmental movement in the 1970s and thereafter concluded that human extinction was the best solution to the problems facing the Earth’s biosphere and humanity. Knight publishes the group’s newsletter and serves as its spokesman. Although the group is promoted by a website and represented at some environmental events, it relies heavily on coverage from outside media to spread its message. Many commentators view its platform as unacceptably extreme, though other writers have applauded VHEMT’s perspective. In response to VHEMT, some journalists and academics have argued that humans can develop sustainable lifestyles or can reduce their population to sustainable levels. Others maintain that, whatever the merits of the idea, the human reproductive drive will prevent humankind from ever voluntarily seeking extinction.



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12 thoughts on “Pulling the Plug on Humans

  1. You are fighting more than a reproductive urge here amongst the people.

    What you are not seeing is that GOVERNMENTAND INDUSTRY benefit by overpopulation. Not only do they manipulate the economy and induce artificial scarcity to control the human livestock, but manipulate the laws to create a permanent economic underclass, cutting the bottom out of the wage floor.
    This is why republicans are so keen on eliminating abortion as an option, and attacking women’s health concerns.

    America (and most countries) are like vast human livestock farms. Children are future revenue and profit for government and corporate sectors. These two incestuous institutional factions focus heavily on early childhood indoctrination. Basically they rob all the livestock (even those of us without children) for the obedience training and mental destruction of the young livestock..that may sound crazy to you, but not seeing what is actually going on is even more crazy.

    METANOIA- change your perception and see what is plain as day.

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  2. Many organizations that should promote population control, such as environmental groups, avoid the topic in order to placate potential members who would be offended at the idea of restricting human births. In his book “The Limits of Altruism” Garrett Hardin makes the following point: “But in the popular press, nobody ever dies of overpopulation; it is unthinkable. So we say people die of starvation, drowning, disease, civil disorder, and countless other acceptable “causes.” Taboo determines language,, and language controls perception.

    I guess people don’t want to make the connection between starvation and overpopulation or disease and overpopulation and civil disorder and overpopulation, which means we’re missing a root cause of some of the biggest world problems.

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  3. Really interesting thoughts, I’ve never heard about this movement before. Although I see how it might throw people off at first, it isn’t a ridiculous idea. The problem is that everyone is taught from birth that both getting married and having kids are basically chores for each and every human, which is just sad…
    I too think adoption is a great choice instead of having biological children. There are sooo many homeless children already, too many.


  4. This so-called human reproductive drive is overrated and is heavily cultural. Today, more people than ever before are choosing not to have kids for a variety of reasons. Many of us never felt that drive. A first step is to stop stigmatizing the choice to not have kids as “irresponsible” and treat it as just another alternative lifestyle.

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  5. This is doomed from the start. Not having kids doesn’t help if billions of others do have kids.

    This reminds me of the approach to save animals by getting someone to go vegan. By the time he or she goes vegan, thousands of potential meat eaters are born.

    I see no solution.

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  6. Highly unlikely to happen Roland. The ‘average Joe/Jill’ won’t ‘give up’ ANYTHING …. need I say more ?

    ‘Funnily enough’ my beloved wife Meriel has always said – ever since we met in 1954 (we were then both 14); and married in 1981 (we were by then 41) – that there should/MUST be ‘birth-control’. I know the Chinese did/do it. Right. How successfully I do not know. I know there are BILLIONS of ‘them’ hey. Right.

    How about we ‘give Christianity a chance’ Roland. I mean REAL CHRISTIANITY. You see Roland, in/with REAL CHRISTIANITY JESUS is a Vegan. Right.

    This REAL PROBLEM that you wrestle with so INTIMATELY Roland, day in and day out, is in Fact and indeed GOD’s PROBLEM. It is not ‘man’s’/your PROBLEM Roland.

    In REAL CHRISTIANITY GOD will, according to GOD’s-very-own-Word, solve the PROBLEM. How ? You might ask. My answer will be that nobody knows the MIND of GOD, but that GOD has PROMISED in the Bible that He WILL SOLVE ALL man’s/woman’s problems. Because JESUS would be (is) a Vegan TODAY, then the Holy Spirit of GOD Will do whatever will Lift JESUS Higher; that the Name JESUS will be above all names in Heaven and on Earth – i. e. above the name Vegan ism; above the name Satan – and I believe that whoever is eating Animals TODAY is following Satan, NOT JESUS – be they the Catholic Pope; the Heads of the Protestant Church. It is So Written; in the Bible. You and I can thus ‘take it as read’ – GOD Will solve even this BIG PROBLEM because JESUS is/would be a Vegan TODAY. That is what the Holy Spirit of GOD does and is sent by JESUS to be with us for Roland – to Lift JESUS Higher – if we only Believe.

    I know you are an Atheist Roland; but I also know that you were once a young Christian. Right. The ‘story’ of the Prodigal Son always has applied, son. It always will apply son – to any ‘man’ Roland; and you know it.

    When a problem is such a BIG PROBLEM that ‘man’ can not solve it; is the time to call on the Name of the Lord Roland. GOD can and GOD will solve this BIG PROBLEM if we call on His Name Roland. It says so in the Bible. Right.

    What do YOU think Roland ? Prepared to give REAL CHRISTIANITY a ‘chance’ ? Are you ?

    Let me know, for “The Harvest is White; but the Workers are Few” Roland (lol).

    Lord Bless (no offense meant), love Michael (heart) and (Big Smiley face).


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