Humans Are Gross

Humans Are Gross

Morgan Martinez-Gee

Countless murders of humans and animals, ruining fossils, ozone layer ruined. These are all things that humans have done. To fix this issue, just get rid of all humans on earth. The movement VHMT (pronounced vehement) was shortened from Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, the movement of killing off humans for the Earth.

Despite how the name suggests, they do not want to kill all humans. Instead, they spread the “decision to stop reproducing…” (Link). Also despite the name, they’re “not just a bunch of misanthropes and anti-social, Malthusian misfits, taking morbid delight whenever disaster strikes humans”. 

The main way to join this movement is to not produce offspring, but when asked on their FAQ for their website, they inform that as long as you don’t push your children to “breed”, then you can join. Among other questions, such as “What’s wrong with having babies? Do you not like babies?”, “Does VHEMT support abortions”, and “Are you really serious?”. The website includes podcasts to listen to and pictures of members getting tattoos of the logo.

Name created by Les U. Knight, this movement started in 1991 in Portland, Oregon. He created a newsletter called These Exit Times and many comic strips. Their motto is “May We Live Long and Die Out”, found on a large percentage of their merchandise, such as stickers, flags, hoodies, and shirts. Their whole goal is to spread “an encouraging alternative to the callous exploitation and wholesale destruction of Earth’s ecology”. 

There isn’t much left to talk about, the movement is a very small and loosely organized group of people, estimated to be around a couple hundred supporters. Many people tend to make fun of these people by calling them dumb and making harmful memes and images. I intend to inform more people of these interesting movements often overlooked by the world.