The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement Site

Among other things, I like Nina Paley’s art at VHMET’s website. If you scroll to the bottom of the main page, you can access some animated shorts in QuickTime movie format. There’re three static samples in the Biology and Breeding section.


Q: What is the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement?

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 Mother Nature’s “experiments” have done throughout the eons. Good health will be restored to the Earth’s ecology… to the “life form” known by many as Gaia.

It’s going to take all of us going.


One Response to “The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement Site”

  1. Nadia F. Conrad Says:

    Since 1991 he has used newsletters to ask people to become Movement “volunteers” by forswearing procreation. The task, he concedes, is difficult, but the longest journey begins with a single step. “I consider it a success every time one more of us decides not to add one more of us.” The movement has no organisation or membership list, and consists of anyone who supports the idea. How many followers it boasts is impossible to say. In 1995 Daniel Metz, a Willamette University researcher, counted close to 400 people on Mr Knight’s mailing list, and even managed to survey them. The supporters tend to believe two things: that humans will soon face a massive “die-off” as population surges past the planet’s carrying capacity, and that humans would do the world a favour by going away, because their continuation obliterates so many other species.

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