The Human Virus: They Who Would Save Us All Through Sterilisation
“MEET the women who won’t have babies – because they’re not eco friendly,” says the Mail.
Meet them… But to what ends, other than to hear their views on how humanity is blowing carbon dioxide emissions right into Mother Nature’s face, and her with a baby and all.
Says the Mail: “Had Toni Vernelli gone ahead with her pregnancy ten years ago, she would know at first hand what it is like to cradle her own baby, to have a pair of innocent eyes gazing up at her with unconditional love, to feel a little hand slipping into hers – and a voice calling her Mummy.” (Hark: “Mum! Muuuum! Lemmy a fiver and shut up, you witch!”)
Has she heard that babies grow up into Hoodies, alcopop munchers and Jade Goody? No. It’s: “Because when Toni terminated her pregnancy, she did so in the firm belief she was helping to save the planet. Toni Vernelli was sterilised at age 27 to reduce her carbon footprint.”
Says Ms Vernelli: “Having children is selfish. It’s all about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet.”
Environmentalism is the new religion. Thou shalt not have children.
And then the clincher: “But nothing in Toni’s safe, middle- class upbringing gave any clues as to the views which would shape her adult life. The eldest of three daughters, she enjoyed a loving, close-knit family life.”
It is this upbringing one suspects that is the part of real interest to the Mail. Being middle-class is now all about feeling for the environment, buying organic and listening to scientists telling you what you should and should not do.
These are the people who nod along when former environment minister Michael Meacher says: “The lesson is that if we continue with activities which destroy our environment and undermine the conditions for our own survival, we are the virus.”
Thou Shalt Not Have Fun
And here’s Sarah: “Most young girls dream of marriage and babies. But Sarah dreamed of helping the environment – and as she agonised over the perils of climate change, the loss of animal species and destruction of wilderness, she came to the extraordinary decision never to have a child.”
She tells us: “I realised then that a baby would pollute the planet – and that never having a child was the most environmentally friendly thing I could do.”
And her fiancé Mark adds: “Sarah and I live as green a life a possible. We don’t have a car, cycle everywhere instead, and we never fly. We recycle, use low-energy light bulbs and eat only organic, locally produced food. In short, we do everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint. But all this would be undone if we had a child. That’s why I had a vasectomy. It would be morally wrong for me to add to climate change and the destruction of Earth.”
Of course they could do more – they could die and donate their bodies to the compost heap. Or they could turn to their parents and in best of planet-saving traditions scream: “I NEVER ASKED TO BE BORN!!!”