Meet Alex, a 24-year-old French man, who wants to save the planet by not having children.
Alex, a 24-year-old French man, wants to save the planet by not having children.
The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT) claims that people should stop having children and humanity should die out in order to save the biosphere.
“There are not enough resources to support the world’s population,” Alex, a volunteer with movement, told Euronews.
He claims that the earth is being "exhausted" by humans and people are using up its resources faster than it can replenish them.
According to the United Nations, the world population is expected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100.
However, a report from the Global Harvest Initiative stated that the world may not be able to sustainably provide food for the global population in 2050.
“In a capitalist world like ours ... the current society of consumption's children will consume more than the generations before them,” Alex said.
He refuses to eat meat and said he consumes less than the average person in Western society. “I want to be coherent with myself and with my values," he added.
Alex is thinking about getting a vasectomy — a surgical procedure for male sterilization, to ensure he doesn't have children. This doesn't mean he hates kids, “quite the contrary, I love kids,” he said.
“If I do change my mind someday, I would prefer to adopt a child rather than having my own baby.
"We should take care of ones that have already been born instead of bringing a new baby into this world.”
He believes that to avoid an ecological catastrophe, we should strive to reduce the world’s population. This is why he "volunteers" to be part of VHEMT and has committed to not having children.
He said VHEMT is an idealist movement rather than a realistic one but the group's official website claims otherwise.