The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement

Think there are too many people in the world but don’t want to kill any of them—or yourself? Just stop procreating. Plain and simple. Don’t stop having sex—in fact, have more; it might keep you from feeling the need to fill a passionless void with a baby. Instead of killing people (it would just raise the birth rate) or shipping excess people off to other planets, use contraception. It’s cheaper. “Phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed will allow Earth’s biosphere to return to good health,” explains the Web site for the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. It uses charts, cartoons and an endless list of FAQs to back up its plans. It should also be noted that all of this is translated into German, French, Spanish, Hebrew and a few other random languages, so everyone’s invited. And just in case you’re wondering what a world without procreation would be like, there’s a movie coming out this fall based on that premise—look out for Children of Men.