The Guardian: The Plastics and Pollution Crisis will Shrink Your Penis

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The effort to find a replacement for the dying climate crisis has plumbed new depths.

Plummeting sperm counts, shrinking penises: toxic chemicals threaten humanity

Erin Brockovich
Thu 18 Mar 2021 21.23 AEDT

The chemicals to blame for our reproductive crisis are found everywhere and in everything

The end of humankind? It may be coming sooner than we think, thanks to hormone-disrupting chemicals that are decimating fertility at an alarming rate around the globe. A new book called Countdown, by Shanna Swan, an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, finds that sperm counts have dropped almost 60% since 1973. Following the trajectory we are on, Swan’s research suggests sperm counts could reach zero by 2045. Zero. Let that sink in. That would mean no babies. No reproduction. No more humans. Forgive me for asking: why isn’t the UN calling an emergency meeting on this right now?

The chemicals to blame for this crisis are found in everything from plastic containers and food wrapping, to waterproof clothes and fragrances in cleaning products, to soaps and shampoos, to electronics and carpeting. Some of them, called PFAS, are known as “forever chemicals”, because they don’t breakdown in the environment or the human body. They just accumulate and accumulate – doing more and more damage, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day. Now, it seems, humanity is reaching a breaking point.

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Erin Brokovich was the subject of a famous Julia Roberts Hollywood movie which dramatised Erin’s successful pursuit of PG&E over a groundwater contamination scandal.

Obviously we must take this new threat seriously. The United Nations needs to establish a monitoring mission to assess… Nah, I can’t say it 🙂

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Steve Case
March 24, 2021 10:21 pm

Just a little off topic You Tube Ray Jessel “What She’s Got” and a little off color (-:

Reply to  Steve Case
March 25, 2021 4:24 am

Nice little tune! Despite the obvious, he could be arrested in Canada for denying he is a she.

Bryan A
Reply to  Scissor
March 25, 2021 11:02 pm

Dang…now I’ll have to change the punchline on my favorite joke from
10″ Pianist to 6″ Pianist

March 24, 2021 10:24 pm

No more babies after 2045? Great, no need to worry about the population bomb or CAGW any more. We can all live our lives out in comfort knowing that we can exploit the earth’s resources and it doesn’t matter.

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Bryan A
Reply to  StuM
March 24, 2021 10:46 pm

Naw… they’ll just start cloning around

March 24, 2021 10:34 pm

Obesity and low protein diets have a huge effect too. That’ll be meat protein of course.

patrick healy
Reply to  Scute
March 25, 2021 12:57 pm

Many years ago when the bbc was a news outlet, they did a documentary on sperm counts in the London area.
It suggested that the reason was the high use of the anti contraceptive pill which found its way into the London ground water reservoirs and was thus consumed by the effete London men.
But most of us ‘Uupp North’ knew long ago that Cockneys were a bunch of shemen

Patrick MJD
Reply to  patrick healy
March 27, 2021 9:07 pm

There is not much north of Watford anyway.

March 24, 2021 10:41 pm

Q Granny, did you have a profession back in the 2020s

A Yes, I did

Q What was it Granny

A I was an existential crisis monger

David Blenkinsop
Reply to  philincalifornia
March 25, 2021 7:33 am


Bryan A
March 24, 2021 10:43 pm

Me thinks they play too much with their Shrinky Dinks

March 24, 2021 10:48 pm

So what’s the problem? The leftist wackos have been trying to emasculate men , especially white males, for decades.!

Reply to  Rah
March 24, 2021 10:53 pm

Oh! Now that I’ve thought about it more I see why the left is worried. According to their theory, men that are less endowed compensate by purchasing bigger guns.

Reply to  Rah
March 25, 2021 6:37 am

Watch commercials. White men are often portrayed as effeminated idiots/dorks.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  beng135
March 25, 2021 8:32 am

Just about always. TV commercials are pure cultural brainwashing.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 25, 2021 12:09 pm

It isn’t just the commercials. The sitcoms are just as bad. Think back to to male characters on “Friends.” It has been going on for a long time.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
March 25, 2021 12:15 pm

Yes, it has been going on a long time. In commercials, and tv shows and movies and anything the Left controls. It’s all about brainwashing, to the Left. That’s their lifeblood.

Reply to  beng135
March 25, 2021 9:38 am

When Jake from from State Farm was white, he was a rolly polly balding confused swing shift worker that wore clothes that didn’t quite fit right.

Now that he is black, he wears well fitted clothes; he is muscular, attractive, smart, funny, and works the day shift while cavorting with famous people.

State Farm doesn’t get my business (not because of Jake … he is still funny, but because of their other choices in their advertising representatives/spokespeople … Chris Paul is a POS)

Reply to  DonM
March 26, 2021 9:55 am

I noticed that too. Also, in the latest “Avengers” movie, “white” Captain America (Chris Evans) was cast aside (he was the very best Avengers character) and gave his shield to “black” Falcon.

Last edited 1 year ago by beng135
March 24, 2021 11:44 pm

Well there goes the penile implant. 😉

Reply to  lee
March 25, 2021 4:26 am

Are you saying that wood is more natural and appropriate?

Reply to  Scissor
March 25, 2021 6:39 am

Yes, if a hardwood, but not a softwood.

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Reply to  beng135
March 25, 2021 8:01 am

I could see some going for the palm, but I wondered if weeping willow is hard or soft.

Reply to  Scissor
March 25, 2021 10:37 am

wormwood is the smallest and softest.

Reply to  Dmacleo
March 25, 2021 4:16 pm

Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder?

Rob Thomson
March 24, 2021 11:55 pm

I thought it was just my old age. But we don’t even die of old age anymore.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 25, 2021 4:29 am

Better keep those things out of Australia.

Richard Page
Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 25, 2021 6:27 am

Where’s the absolutely vital research into the worst disaster facing humanity we’ve ever seen? We need to be able to safely insert common sense into adults. sarc

Reply to  Rob Thomson
March 26, 2021 7:01 am

People still die of “Oldtimers Disease”

Russ Wood
Reply to  Neo
March 27, 2021 4:58 am

I remember an old “Mad Magazine” take on “Love Story”, where the heroine died of “Old Movie Disease” – where the character gets more beautiful as she gets closer to the end…

Craig from Oz
March 25, 2021 12:04 am

“could reach zero…”

How to confess you don’t understand how to analysis data and trends in three simple words.

Reply to  Craig from Oz
March 25, 2021 4:52 am

Or in three letters, LNT.

Vincent Causey
March 25, 2021 12:27 am

Do these products include face masks?

Neil Jones
March 25, 2021 12:37 am

This may be a real thing –

Richard Page
Reply to  Neil Jones
March 25, 2021 6:34 am

You are aware that the study showing males turning into females because of excess oestregen in the environment comes from precisely one source – it has only ever been found in one frog species, nowhere else? It’s still going around and around though.

March 25, 2021 12:44 am

A few years (2002) back blamed the shrinking sperm count on contraceptive pills finding their way into drinking water/ Today, everything is blamed on climate change or plastics.

On this occasion the author of the book (yes, she’s selling a book), gathered research from various sources (not original research), to make a few dollars on her pet subject.

Just another scare du jour.

Reply to  Redge
March 25, 2021 10:55 am

I have stopped watching the evening news …. every night is the same thing …. Another scary covid story, scarier than the last scary covid story!!

Bob Meyer
Reply to  stewartpid
March 25, 2021 12:54 pm

I can see kids at summer camp sitting around telling scary stories about monsters without masks prowling the forest looking to infect innocent children.

Reply to  Bob Meyer
March 26, 2021 10:18 am

I don’t have to imagine it, I see adults doing exactly that (sans camp fire)

Russ Wood
Reply to  stewartpid
March 27, 2021 5:02 am

For a year. my radio alarm woke me with the news – which always started with the daily Covid death and infection rate! Talk about “keepin’ up the skeer!”. The South African news has finally returned to its regular routine of which politician has been accused of corruption, and how many millions he (seldom she) had stolen!

MM from Canada
Reply to  Redge
March 25, 2021 5:30 pm

I personally think it’s soy in prepared food. It’s absolutely everywhere.

March 25, 2021 1:23 am

Shrink it?

Are condoms to blame?

Asking for a friend/science.

Richard Page
Reply to  Jones
March 25, 2021 11:04 am

When you put one on, you only need to worry if you can’t see the barcode at the lower end of the condom.

Peta of Newark
March 25, 2021 1:26 am

There are things that do what they say – doctors dole them out in truckloads 24/7/365 and they make a select few people rich.
They pretty well destroy everybody else, physically and mentally

They’re called Statins.
They trash your Cholesterol production, by design. ##

All our hormones are made from Cholesterol.
2 are of especial interest right now, Testosterone as in this story but also Vitamin D, Strictly Vit D is a hormone and not really a ‘vitamin’

Also everyone is told to ‘Save The World’ by eating plants, or plant protein in the shape of soya.
Soya is hideous stuff and that has been known for millennia, hence why it was always fermented (allowed to rot) for years before eating it. Even then in tiny amounts as a condiment.
But no, we are now cajoled into eating huge amounts of stuff that could turn a male rock into an actual real-life Venus

They also tell you not to eat saturated fat, the original and best precursor for Cholesterol
Also to wear sunscreen – stops you making Vitamin D and even worse, perfectly homicidal in action if not intent, tell you to stay/hide indoors.

## Also promotes the onset of Diabetes. i.e. Floods your bloodstream with Insulin, (a really horrible & damaging chemical substance in its own right but also) sugar, a really potent chemical depressant.
Sorry dear, I’m ‘not in the mood’ or ‘just wanna sleep’

Q. And why do folks use and need in fact now need, addictive depressants such as sugar, booze, cannabis, trash TV, junk science, doom & gloom media and heavy-handed mendacious thugs calling themselves ‘police’

Because contrary to what ‘doctors’ say, we are not intrinsically disposed to addictive behaviours. Something always causes them – addiction is not a sign of ‘weakness’

A. We need/use those things to try to alleviate the stress that clowns like we see here and Governments, in their incessant scramble for money money money, impose on everyone.
Then and even more grotesque inside Covid, totally outlaw the simplest thing we do that is not a chemically based remedy for stress. i.e. Social contact

And tell us that there is a ‘Recommended Amount’ for alcohol, also that during Covid is NOT a good time to try to quit.
Despite the well known fact that alcohol flushes Zinc out of us and thus disables our immune systems. Mr Trump being the exemplar model of that – see how well he coped with Covid compared to the Fat, Diabetic & Bloated Boozer Boris

Climate Science is a parallel trainwreck to contemporary Medical Science.
That is where the babies went.

Everywhere you look these days, you see lunatics running asylums.
As often said around here, they are patently homicidal in intent.
Yes, Chuckles & Attenborough, we’re all looking at you.

There are no Real Asylums anymore. They’ve all been made illegal and destroyed by The Lunatics – just as Warmists take great delight in watching (old) coal fired power stations being blown up & destroyed

(Do I need to point out what a dirty little single-track mind this person has, fixating on & exaggerating on the (imagined) symptom/thing- not the actual cause. Even before exaggeration is simply a variation on mendacity. ‘Somebody’ is ‘out on The Pull’
Except that Gold, the shiny yellow metal, is in her viewfinder and is using cheap & childish sexual (self) titivation as bait for her money trap)

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Ed Zuiderwijk
March 25, 2021 1:49 am

That’ll put the cat among the pigeons! Erin clearly knows where it hurts; in the other half of the population, that is.

Rod Evans
March 25, 2021 1:52 am

I am sure that Alexandria Obviously Crazy (AOC) woman will be very encouraged by this latest research finding. In fact, I expect her to now start championing fossil fuel based plastics and chemicals, to ensure the world without babies she so desperately looks forward to, can be realised.
On a more personal note. Does age have the same shrinking effect as chemicals? Just asking ….

Reply to  Rod Evans
March 25, 2021 5:39 am

She’s keeping a low profile lately because she doesn’t want to be asked why she hasn’t visited the boarder to see if the incarcerated kids are drinking toilet water.

Gary Ashe
Reply to  Rah
March 25, 2021 8:54 am


Reply to  Rah
March 26, 2021 7:04 am

She already has enough photos looking thru the chain-link fence into an empty parking lot.

Reply to  Rod Evans
March 25, 2021 10:39 am

AOC=Angry Ossified C**t

March 25, 2021 1:53 am

As ever the Groaniad’s readers’ comments are unhinged

They don’t like humans at all

Matthew Sykes
March 25, 2021 2:06 am

Plastics leach oestrogenic compounds. These of course affect male fertility. Nothing new about this.

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
March 25, 2021 2:11 am

This story coming from the Grauniad should be no surprise. After all they’ve already suffered a huge shrinkage of their readership and it might be said judging from their climate hysteria that the brains of the Grauniad’s journalists have also already been affected by shrinkage.

Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
March 25, 2021 5:35 am

Te mere fact that the Graun is cheerleading for CAGW just confirms it’s garbage. Every cause the paper champions collapses eventually.

My local newsagent tells me so few people now buy the rag he can hardly even give it away.

Gary Ashe
Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
March 25, 2021 8:55 am

That’s because they are plastic commies.

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Phillip Bratby
March 25, 2021 2:21 am

You couldn’t make it up (unless you are the Grauniad).

Curious George
Reply to  Phillip Bratby
March 25, 2021 8:07 am

They found what to blame for what’s happening to them.

Geoff Sherrington
March 25, 2021 3:08 am

How do inert “forever chemicals” react in the body to affect fertility? Geoff S

March 25, 2021 3:26 am

I must admit that I have attempted to keep my sperm count low at every exciting opportunity since even before 1973 though I’ve been slowing down the past few years.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  eyesonu
March 25, 2021 8:37 am

You still may be doing better than the youngin’s.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 25, 2021 2:26 pm

Yeah, I check the baggage along with the excitement!

March 25, 2021 3:38 am

Id have thought theyd be celebrating
after all they WANT the pop levels to drop massively
reducing consumption resource use and us being a plague on the plant and all…
THEIR fertility rates for the faithful just also happen to be included and thats a worry?

March 25, 2021 4:43 am

Okay, so we’ll end up with Ripley’s nightmare about giant drooling ants and their queen )nasty critter if there ever was one) and civilization won’t be doomed any more.

The people who come up with this stuff really need some extensive therapy.

Tom in Florida
March 25, 2021 4:45 am

And I always thought being in the pool caused shrinkage.

Reply to  Tom in Florida
March 25, 2021 6:32 am

Even worse is the castration crew knocking at your door.

Reply to  Tom in Florida
March 25, 2021 8:59 am

Must be global cooling if there is shrinkage.

Bruce Cobb
March 25, 2021 4:59 am

I was in the pool!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 25, 2021 8:41 am

That’s what “Seinfields” character, George, was screaming after he was accidentally spotted naked after going for a swim. Elaine saw him and started laughing and poor George was making excuses.

That was pretty funny.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 25, 2021 9:47 am

… wasn’t Elaine. But later in the show Jerry did explain to her about shrinkage. She didn’t know about it.

It shrinks?
Like a frightened turtle!
Why does it shrink?
George Costanza:
It just does.
I don’t know how you guys walk around with those things.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  DonM
March 25, 2021 12:18 pm

Yes, you’re right. I forgot that part.

Krishna Gans
March 25, 2021 5:17 am

If I look arond, “thanks” Cov-19, I see a lot of (more than earlier) baby carriages.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Krishna Gans
March 25, 2021 8:43 am

Well, if you work at it hard enough, 73 percent is probably sufficient.

Reply to  Krishna Gans
March 26, 2021 7:05 am

Can’t we just move on to Trivid-20 or Quadvid-21

Tom in Toronto
March 25, 2021 5:41 am

Following the trajectory we are on, Swan’s research suggests sperm counts could reach zero by 2045.”

This is just as stupid as ‘research’ saying women would soon be faster runners than men (yes, I read this in a major newspaper in the ’90s) because their 100M world records improved at a faster pace in the 20th century than men’s.

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Tom in Florida
Reply to  Tom in Toronto
March 25, 2021 6:19 am

I wonder who the little prick was that did the research.

Reply to  Tom in Toronto
March 25, 2021 7:14 pm

Hey it’s the same stupidity in climate science with sea level rise, having a trend is meaningless because there are physical limits. However for a good scare story just ignore reality and go full retard.

March 25, 2021 5:42 am
Reply to  PaulH
March 25, 2021 6:16 am

The US is trending back towards vinyl also.

March 25, 2021 5:52 am

I don’t understand why this is a problem./sarc Isn’t one of the goals of lords and masters of the universe to reduce the human population to a ‘sustainable’ level?

March 25, 2021 6:00 am

Childhood’s End – Great book!

Reply to  Rob Gappa
March 25, 2021 8:57 am

Clarke’s masterpiece, IMO.

Beta Blocker
March 25, 2021 7:02 am

Concerning fears about the spread of small radioactive particles from a nuclear meltdown incident, and the potential health effects on the human population — the analogy as been drawn by health physicists that there is enough sperm in an average man’s semen to impregnate every woman of child bearing age in the United States. However, there is no credible delivery scenario.

Rod Evans
Reply to  Beta Blocker
March 25, 2021 7:30 am

Its been fun experimenting with direct research into this though.:)

Richard Page
Reply to  Beta Blocker
March 25, 2021 11:10 am

Reminds me of the old joke: 2 bulls are standing at the top end of the field overseeing the herd. The younger bull turns to the older one and says “Let’s run down there and f@*# a cow.” The older one replies “No, let’s walk down there and f@*# them all!”

Gordon A. Dressler
March 25, 2021 7:20 am

Personally, I have always asserted there is great difficulty, ahem, erecting a tribute to the so-called “climate crisis”.

Charles Higley
March 25, 2021 7:53 am

Just as they claimed that herbicides and pesticides would become estrogenic compounds in farm soils, which would then feminize our males, it never happened. It is ingenuous to ignore the fact that some of these chemicals do become estrogenic forms, but bacterial processes continue to further break down these chemicals, such that the estrogenic forms do not persist or accumulate.

The same is true of plastics. To make a general statement about such a wide range of chemicals is to be simple-minded. As with many chemicals in our environment, the toxicity is in the dose. If the chemicals in question do not accumulate and also turnover, no problem. It has been found that the only way to have consistent numbers of microplastics in birds is to continue feeding them with these particles. Such a consistent diet is not natural and does not mimc the real world.

Also, the fact we are even talking about microplastics means that plastics are breaking down naturally. Bacteria love a free lunch and one will evolve to eat any given plastic.

March 25, 2021 8:02 am

There is a US movie about this type of thing. A Boy and His Dog It starred a young Don Johnson before Miami Vice fame.

A fun little post apocalyptical flick. I mean we are in an ongoing apocalypse aren’t we? So 2045 would hopefully be post?

Reply to  Drake
March 26, 2021 7:07 am

In a couple of weeks, the jammed ship in the Suez will have produced an apocalypse

Reply to  Neo
March 29, 2021 12:46 pm

Neo ==> Now freed at last

Tom Abbott
March 25, 2021 8:29 am

From the article: “A new book called Countdown, by Shanna Swan, an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, finds that sperm counts have dropped almost 60% since 1973. Following the trajectory we are on, Swan’s research suggests sperm counts could reach zero by 2045. Zero. Let that sink in. That would mean no babies. No reproduction. No more humans. Forgive me for asking: why isn’t the UN calling an emergency meeting on this right now?”

I know I’m going to get in trouble for this.

It looks like some of the older, single guys, may have a new job of repopulating humanity.

Gary Ashe
March 25, 2021 9:01 am

That will put ”planned parenthood” out of business.
Funny really progressive liberals worrying about fertility, when they murder most [ millions ] of their unborn in the womb any way.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Gary Ashe
March 25, 2021 12:21 pm

I saw Virginia’s Democrat governor proudly signing a law yesterday eliminating the death penalty in criminal cases.

Now the governor needs to sign a law eliminating the death penalty for the unborn in Virginia.

March 25, 2021 9:23 am

If you read the article, the researcher blames ‘chemicals’ in our environment, birth control, obesity, earlier puberty in girls and unhealthy lifestyle choices. This is the usual dreck we can alway expect from pseudo journalism

March 25, 2021 10:36 am

too late. now I know who to blame though.

March 25, 2021 10:38 am

The best part of this article is the assumption that the “climate crisis” is dying. I hope that is true! The intellectual argument for catastrophic global warming has been bankrupt for years. But religions persist, even destructive ones.

March 25, 2021 10:40 am

Predictive programming? These Bolshies are getting good! They are learning from our ridiculing their obvious hogwash vis a vis global warming and suchlike, so now they start “predicting” their desired outcomes, so that, in 25 yaers’ time, they can point at “extant consensus science” to prove they did no nuffin’ wrong, look, “experts have known this for decades already”.

March 25, 2021 10:42 am

Level 4 financial desperation

Robert of Texas
March 25, 2021 11:01 am

The only thing that shrinks my pe**s is getting out of the shower into a cold room. Luckily it’s reversable.

The article actually says it reduces fertility. That might be a good thing, especially in poor over-populated areas.

I have a feeling that plastics are not the only thing involved (if they are actually involved at all). Once again, I am willing to bet the true answer is much more complex then the scientists studying the phenomenon think.

Nature is so wonderfully complex – but scientists insist every square piece of it be tucked into a round cubbyhole.

March 25, 2021 11:35 am

Oh, I’d noticed it was shrinking, I thought it was due to lack of use. I feel reassured now I know what the real cause is.

Joe Who
March 25, 2021 1:01 pm

It all seems very strange that population will decline and reach “net zero”(this is the new catch phrase) by 2045, when all indications show we are skyrocketing towards 8 billion people well before that.
Everyone knows, but won’t address the issue, that human population growth is out of control.
Each and every day net population growth is over 350,000 world wide.
A little slowly of this rate would be healthy.

MM from Canada
March 25, 2021 5:27 pm

“… hormone-disrupting chemicals…
Following the trajectory we are on, Swan’s research suggests sperm counts could reach zero by 2045. Zero. Let that sink in. That would mean no babies. No reproduction. No more humans.”

Call me crazy, but if sperm counts are indeed declining, maybe – just maybe – it has something to do with the fact that soy is present in virtually *every* prepared food on the market.

Trust me on this one – I’ve read more labels than I can count in the last 3 years. And soy mimics estrogen.

March 25, 2021 7:36 pm

when the wife asks, now I have an excuse that I can point to … thanks.

Eric Stevens
March 25, 2021 7:54 pm

I’m in the process of reading/rereading several books the main thrust of which is the effect they have on human brains at every stage throughout our lives. Most people know of pre and post menopausal problems experienced by women and caused by hormones but few people seem to be aware of the critical effects of floods of hormones on both male and female at various times throughout their lives. Exposure to testereone in the first few weeks following conception mean that male brains are visibly different from female brains and later exposure in puberty make them operate in a different fashion. Mistiming of hormonal exposure can result in male brains in female bodies and vice versa. Mistiming of another kind can result in male brains with female programming and vice versa. Again hormones seem to be responsible for sexual preferences i.e heterosexuality vs homoosexuality.

The various man made hormones and hormone-like chemical loose in the wild are having measurable effects and not only just on humans. This is not a subject fit only for laughing at. In the long term the unintentional mucking up with the chemicals which control so much of life may turn out to be greater existential threat than the imaginary threats of global warming.

I don’t think we should be laughing at it.

March 26, 2021 7:49 am

Yet normal children are still being born. Are we to give up those products when some are saying there are too many people.

March 26, 2021 10:11 am

Isn’t this a GOOD thing? No more humans left to pollute the planet! If we’re so terrible for the planet, this is something to celebrate.

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