“When every human chooses to stop breeding, Earth’s biosphere will be allowed to return to its former glory”

I read an interesting article about voluntary human extinction in which a group of people believe the best solution to climate control (and many other things) is for humans to wipe themselves out. Supporters of this group believe the best way to cause human extinction is by refusing to reproduce. In their minds, the goal would be to get every human to agree not to reproduce. The article led me to a website of the group, where they claim “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.” What’s interesting about this group is that they believe humans have essentially destroyed earth, and there is no in between in which earth can be surviving at it’s fullest and humans can be living. Another interesting thing is that they don’t seem to talk about the connects humans have with animals now– for example if humans were suddenly to go extinct, what about all the animals that are just holding on to their survival because of human intervention? Or animals like dogs who have basically become dependent on humans? They do say “the hopeful alternative to the extinction of millions of species of plants and animals is the voluntary extinction of one species: Homo sapiens… us.” But they seem to think that if humans go extinct, we will be the only ones to do so, and that will solve the problems we’ve left behind. If you believe in global warming, humans may not be able to stop it, but it also will not just simply go away if humans do.


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