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David Foreman
Founder of Earth First! and the Sierra Club, and promoter of the Wildlands Project.


Man is the problem.

“[W]e’re not the brain, we are a cancer on nature.”

Source: Animal Rights – The Inhumane Crusade, by Daniel T. Oliver, 1999, page 7.
Hardcopy: Copy of page 7 from Oliver's book.
Contributor: AIM.

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It would be okay for humans to disappear.

“Aids is not a malediction, but the welcome and natural remedy to reduce the population of the planet…should human beings disappear, I surely wouldn’t mind.”

Source: Set Up and Sold Out, by Holly Swanson, 1995, page 171.
Hardcopy: Copy of page 171 from Swanson's book.
Contributor: AIM.

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Eradicate 98 percent of humankind.

“[M]y three main goals would be to reduce human population to about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure and see wilderness with its full complement of species returning throughout the world.”

Source: Set Up and Sold Out, by Holly Swanson, 1995, page 171.
Hardcopy: Copy of page 171 from Swanson's book.
Where: During an interview with Jerry Mason.
Contributor: AIM.

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Phase out the human race.

“If you haven’t given voluntary human extinction much thought before, the idea of a world with no people in it may seem strange. But, if you give it a chance, I think you might agree that the extinction of Homo sapiens would mean survival for millions, if not billions, of Earth-dwelling species. . . . Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental.”

Source: Wild Earth magazine, Summer 1991, page 72. Also: "Match the Quotes!" Resource Roundup, June 2005, page 8.
Hardcopy: Printout of 11-12-01 webpage with the quote.
Where: This was written in an article edited by David Foreman, but under the pseudonym “Les U. Knight.” The article, titled “Voluntary Human Extinction,” appeared in Wild Earth, Vol. 1, No. 2, page 72.
When: Summer 1991.
Contributor: AIM.

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Biodiversity is more important than man.

“We advocate biodiversity for biodiversity’s sake. It may take our extinction to set things straight.”

Source: Resource Roundup, June 2002, page 13.
Hardcopy: Printout of 8-5-02 webpage with the quote.
Contributor: AIM.

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Mankind should cease to exist.

“The optimum [human] population of Earth is zero.”

Source: “Match the Quotes,” Resource Roundup, November 2003, page 8.
Hardcopy: Printout of 12-15-03 webpage with the quote.
Contributor: AIM.

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Perhaps man should be extinct.

“[M]an is no more important than any other species. . . It may well take our extinction to set things straight.”

Source: “You Go First, Dave,” Resource Roundup, September 2004, page 16.
Hardcopy: Printout of 10-11-04 webpage with the quote.
Contributor: AIM.

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We must destroy capitalism.

“We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects . . . . We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres of presently settled land.”

Source: “This Land is OUR Land,” by Tim Findley, Range Magazine, Fall 2003, page 36.
Hardcopy: Printout of the 1-31-05 webpage with the quote.
Contributor: AIM.

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