A man calling for the “voluntary extinction of mankind” gets a glowing profile in the New York Times

As the country celebrates family time on Thanksgiving, The New York Times on Wednesday profiled an environmental activist campaigning for “voluntary human extinction,” and compared the man’s personality to that of “gentle” child host Mr. Rogers.

The article is headlined “The Earth Now Has 8 Billion People. This man wishes there weren’t” and was written by climate reporter Cara Buckley. She highlighted Les Knight, the founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction movement. Their goal is an earth without humans.

“Alongside advocating universal access to birth control and rejecting what he calls reproductive fascism, or ‘the lack of freedom not to procreate,’ Mr. Knight says that despite our many achievements, humans are a net harm to the Earth.” , Buckley wrote .

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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/08/20: A view of the New York Times Building headquarters.  (Photo by John Nacion/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2020/08/20: A view of the New York Times Building headquarters. (Photo by John Nacion/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

To avoid confusion over the extinction agenda, “decades ago, Mr. Knight added the word ‘voluntary’ to make it clear that adherents do not support mass murder or enforced birth control, nor do they encourage suicide.”

However, the Times journalist addressed the negative connotations that could be attached to the goals of Voluntary Human Extinction.

“The idea that populations must be controlled has also led to forced sterilizations and measures that have been shown to be inhumane or associated with racist theories such as eugenics,” she wrote. “Mr. Knight, 75, is the founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction movement, which is less a movement and more a loose consortium of people who believe the best thing people can do to help the earth is to have no more children to have.”

Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters briefly block the road in the City of London, Thursday April 25, 2019. Nonviolent protest group Extinction Rebellion are seeking negotiations with the Government over their call for slowing climate change to be a top priority.

Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters briefly block the road in the City of London, Thursday April 25, 2019. Nonviolent protest group Extinction Rebellion are seeking negotiations with the Government over their call for slowing climate change to be a top priority.
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Despite the extinction movement’s rather broad goals, the New York Times journalist linked Knight to a popular children’s presenter, the late Fred Rogers.

“Mr. Tall and gentle, Knight comes across as lucid and thoughtful, like a cross between Bill Nye and Fred Rogers. While Mr. Knight may be opposed to the creation of more humans, he shows great compassion for those who already exist.”

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However, the overall picture of the environmentalist is not positive. He calls humans “the most destructive of all invasive species and a super predator”.

The Times highlighted Knight’s lighter side, noting that he organizes “naked croquet games” in his backyard in his spare time.

A man wearing a costume of Thanos' character takes part in a women's independence march.  Thanos is a villain from "The Avengers" Movies that cause the extinction of half of all life in the universe to solve resource shortages due to overpopulation.

A man wearing a costume of Thanos’ character takes part in a women’s independence march. Thanos is a villain from The Avengers movies who causes the extinction of half of all life in the universe to solve the resource shortage caused by overpopulation.
(Photo by Farooq NAEEM/AFP) (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP via Getty Images)

BIDEN CLIMATE NOMINEE RATED “ENVIRONMENTAL” FOR PANDEMIC

During the coronavirus pandemic, journalists have repeatedly highlighted the environmental benefits of the virus, which has now claimed 6.6 million lives. In the March 19, 2020 edition of “CBS This Morning,” reporter Vlad Duthiers quoted the “silver lining” of the virus as having fewer people on the go.

“This is Venice… You can never see the water because it’s so murky from all the boats. This time you can now see the crystal clear waters of Venice’s canals,” he added.

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On the April 22, 2020 edition of the Today show, weatherman Al Roker shared how the pandemic has allowed nature to “thrive.”

“Less foot traffic, less waste, less energy use to allow certain animals to thrive and also impact the Earth’s atmosphere,” he said.

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