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The Environmentalists Now View Humans as a Plague

I know I said this Advent has developed the theme of hope. Yet on the flip side, I am seeing more and more publicity given to those environmentalists who are truly hopeless. These are the folks who think humans are a pestilence and should be eliminated for the good of the planet. Take a look at Mark Steyn’s column for a rundown on this trend.

But here's something new that took hold in the year 2007: A radical antihumanism, long present just below the surface, bobbed up and became explicit and respectable. In Britain, the Optimum Population Trust said that "the biggest cause of climate change is climate changers – in other words, human beings," and professor John Guillebaud called on Britons to voluntarily reduce the number of children they have.

Last week, in the Medical Journal of Australia, Barry Walters went further: To hell with this wimp-o pantywaist "voluntary" child-reduction. Professor Walters wants a "carbon tax" on babies, with, conversely, "carbon credits" for those who undergo sterilization procedures. So that'd be great news for the female eco-activists recently profiled in London's Daily Mail who boast about how they'd had their tubes tied and babies aborted in order to save the planet. "Every person who is born," says Toni Vernelli, "produces more rubbish, more pollution, more greenhouse gases and adds to the problem of overpopulation." We are the pollution, and sterilization is the solution. The best way to bequeath a more sustainable environment to our children is not to have any.

What's the "pro-choice" line? "Every child should be wanted"? Not anymore. The progressive position has subtly evolved: Every child should be unwanted.

By the way, if you're looking for some last-minute stocking stuffers, Oxford University Press has published a book by professor David Benatar of the University of Cape Town called "Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence." The author "argues for the 'anti-natal' view – that it is always wrong to have children … . Anti-natalism also implies that it would be better if humanity became extinct." As does Alan Weisman's "The World Without Us" – which Publishers Weekly hails as "an enthralling tour of the world … anticipating, often poetically, what a planet without us would be like." It's a good thing it "anticipates" it poetically, because, once it happens, there will be no more poetry.

It is a profound tragedy that so many people cannot recognize the majesty that is humanity. We are created by God in the image of God. Each of us has an intrinsic dignity. How empty to live life in such a hopeless state that you can’t appreciate this distinctly human gift. I would recommend that instead of a copy of Professor Benatar’s book, you put a copy of Spe Salvi in the stockings.


Michelle said…
If a tree falls in the woods and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

What is the point of the world without a sentient being to appreciate it?
Denise, thanks for posting excerpts and a link to Mark Steyn's column. I wrote about this subject on my own blog yesterday, but I had missed his column. I do wonder sometimes whether the population control enthusiasts ever pause to consider the logical ends of their reasoning--a world without humans. Of course, the real question is: do they include themselves in the equation?
DocJim said…
These people should be magnificent and hold their breath, so others may live.
Otherwise, they are simply the usual menacing, malignant maniacs telling everyone else how they should live (or die).
Sarah said…
Denise, I don't often comment, but I wanted to leave you a little note and thank you for posting things like this. I live in a little bubble, and I don't follow the news like I should. I so appreciate you posting things like this (and your other thoughtful posts too!), because otherwise, I wouldn't know about them. (Sad though that may seem, now that I think about it, but it's true nevertheless)

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