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Earth Day 2009: Kill Yourself, Save the Planet

Posted on April 22 2009 11:01 am
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It’s Earth Day once again.

And what a fascinating coincidence it is that just last night the History Channel’s new series, “Life After People,” debuted. The series could become a new rallying point for today’s environmentalists.

Set in a world after the human race has become extinct, it details how the things that people built will gradually turn to dust. From the History Channel’s website:

In every episode, viewers will witness the epic destruction of iconic structures and buildings, from the Sears Tower, Astrodome, and Chrysler Building to the Sistine Chapel – – allowing viewers to learn how they were built and why they were so significant. Big Ben will stop ticking within days; the International Space Station will plummet to earth within a few short years, while historic objects, like the Declaration of Independence and the mummified remains of King Tutankhamen will remain for decades.

The series will also explore the creatures that might take our place. With humans gone, animals will inherit the places where we once lived. Elephants that escape from the LA zoo will thrive in a region once dominated by their ancestors, the wooly mammoth. Alligators will move into sub-tropical cities like Houston feeding off household pets. Tens of thousands of hogs, domesticated for food, will flourish. In a world without people, new stories of predators, survival and evolution will emerge.

Humans won’t be around forever, and now we can see in detail, for the very first time, the world that will be left behind in Life After People: The Series.

Is this an innocent hypothetical examination of what the world might be like with no people? That seems hard to believe, so there’s no reason the green movement shouldn’t embrace this death-affirming TV series.

Humans, after all, are a blight on the pristine beauty of the Earth, according to plenty of environmentalists. Perhaps Al Gore or his spiritual mentor Theodore Kaczynski (the Unabomber) should have been brought on as technical consultants.

The environmentalist movement’s Malthusian hatred of the human species has been around a long time. Greens have long considered people to be pollution. As Robert J. Smith (also known as R.J. Smith) of the Competitive Enterprise Institute has noted, Britain’s Prince Phillip is sympathetic to this view, having said if he were to be reincarnated, he would want to return to Earth as “a killer virus to lower human population levels.” This isn’t that far removed from the mainstream of the environmentalist movement today.

As Onkar Ghate has argued at FrontPage Magazine:

Despite common belief to the contrary, the ideology of environmentalism is not concerned with improving man’s life on earth. If it were, it would not oppose but champion industrial progress — luxury homes, dams, highways, bioengineering, food irradiation, etc. — and the individuals who create it.

Environmentalism instead champions wilderness (including wild animals). On this premise, science and technology are irredeemably evil. If the supreme value is a world untouched by human hands, then in logic man and industry are destroyers of value, to be eliminated by force if necessary.

Committed environmentalists openly voice this hatred of man and industry. The founder of Greenpeace reflects: “I got the impression that instead of going out to shoot birds, I should go out and shoot kids who shoot birds.” A biologist with the U.S. National Park Services states: “Until such time as homo sapiens should decide to return to nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along.” The head of the 1992 Earth Summit wonders: “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”

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