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Make love – but not babies

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A modest proposal for Extinction Rebellion: make love – but not babies. Extinction Rebellion’s concern for our extinction is misplaced. We are the most widespread, numerous and ravenous mammal on earth, almost eight billion.

The UN forecasts 9.8 billion by 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100. Imagine the havoc with those numbers. Lords of creation we can and will metastasise into any niche able to support us. If that extinguishes other beings so be it. We are the threat, not the threatened. The second asteroid, we are perpetrators of the holocaust of the animals.

In balanced ecosystems the top predator is in the smallest number. We are the top predator and out of control. Our fellow creatures reduced to prey, pests or pets.

The truly wild and free have all but vanished. Climate change is but one of our destructive impacts. Even with a zero-carbon economy, if the infinite growth, infinite consumption demands of klepto-capitalism party-on then so will extinctions.

We have no right to rob our fellow creatures of their rightful places on earth. We have already taken far too much.

There can be no sustainability without a steady-state economy and a stable population. We men drive the war on nature. Empowerment of women is the best hope. Like modern Lysistratas, if women worldwide had just one child each, until balance is restored, our place on earth would be sustainable. Left to alpha males, we will burn Earth to a desert and fantasise about terraforming Mars.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. You’re right. The Empowerment of Women is your only hope.
    We kill too much for survival We eat far too much. We kill wild species out of existence.
    Greed has become the new norm.
    If Women stepped up out of the macho male dominance and help control the environment like immigration levels and environmental impact and greed of the Beef trade if they were listened to.
    I am just as responsible as I have been taught that was the norm and done nothing to stop the practice.
    You may have approach this from am extremely doomsday end but I fully understand your message.
    Some people just don’t read the whole message.
    But the one child policy didn’t work in China so why would it work here.There is a lot of sub normal Intelligent children so why can’t I have more intelligent children to balance. As they will be required for intelligent interaction and conversation in the coming years. Two or three children is the new norm.
    As for making love, it is men who don’t want to accept the responsibility of producing children so step up too you can’t have sex without the fear of producing children as not all contraception works. And as one has seen the pill has caused breast cancer in women. So thank you for your concern.

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