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    Should Humans Facilitate Their Own Extinction?

    Someday, billions of years from now, the sun will expand and likely obliterate the Earth. But Les U. Knight has a plain and simple message for cutting to the chase long before that happens: Stop having kids. He founded the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement and has been campaigning to get people to stop reproducing since 1991 — and he’s not talking zero-population growth, but forgoing procreation altogether. In the unlikely event that everyone joins VHEMT (pronounced “vehement”) tomorrow, Knight says the human race would die out within a century.

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