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Can We Save the Planet if We Stop Having Babies?
Every environmental advocacy group claims to know the best way to slow down climate change before it wipes out the planet. Quit fossil fuels, go vegan, turn recycled trash into designer clothes…the options are endless!
One guy has a particularly interesting approach: let’s just stop having babies and let the human race die out. According to Les Knight, the founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction movement, humans are the ones who caused the problem, so the best thing we can do for the planet is to disappear. Sounds like some Thanos level sh*t, huh?
Look, we gotta give Les props for being like, “it’s me, hi, I’m the problem. It’s me.” But on a scale from fitting all of your trash into a mason jar to moving to an off-grid commune and building a house out of old tires, this idea is off the charts.
While overpopulation is contributing to climate change (and the planet just reached a record-breaking 8 billion population count), Les’s solution has already been disproven by climate and population experts.
For starters, countries with larger populations like India currently generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions than wealthy countries that have smaller populations (like the good ole US of A).
Secondly, experts say that the real way to curb how humans harm the planet is to address over-consumption, not overpopulation. Lastly and most troubling, this movement is a slippery slope into inhumane and racist theories like eugenics.
Even when things seem bleak, we’re still rooting for humans and their ability to find creative and collaborative solutions to climate change that don’t include total extinction. But yes, it IS exhausting always rooting for the anti-hero.