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Balls on the Line For Planet Earth – World Vasectomy Day


Australia hosts the world’s-first vasectomy-athon asking men to take a very personal action to save the planet, protect their families and do right by themselves.

On October 18, 2013, men all over the world who are ready to exit the gene pool will dedicate their vasectomy to Planet Earth.

1,000 men in 25 countries will take the ultimate snip to show they care about the growing strain that population is placing on the planet’s resources, their families and themselves.

The world’s most prolific vasectomist, Dr Doug Stein will perform live vasectomies in front of an audience in Adelaide at the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) to launch the inaugural World Vasectomy Day event streamed live online. Renowned thinkers, academics and activists will surround the operating room as they debate the future of our planet.

World Vasectomy Day (WVD) is the creation of Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jonathan Stack, who while setting out to tell his own story about getting a vasectomy, met legendary Florida-based vasectomist Dr Doug Stein and together, ended up making a film about population on the planet – THE VASECTOMIST.  But it didn’t stop there.  The journey inspired them to create a movement to raise global awareness of: the dangers an ever-increasing population has on the planet’s finite resources; and vasectomy as a viable solution to prevent unintended pregnancies.

“We’re asking men who do not want more children to shoulder the burden of family planning, to fight for their family, their community, their country and our planet,” says Stack.  “To be like Frodo in ‘The Lord of the Rings’!  By throwing our fertility into the fire, we’re protecting our women, our families and future generations.”

Australia has one of the highest uptake rates of vasectomy in the world and this trailblazing spirit led the producers to launch WVD in Australia to set the stage for the global conversation.  Director of RiAus Paul Willis welcomed the partnership as a prime opportunity to host a world-class knowledge-sharing forum addressing critical science related issues within the context of a highly innovative and ambitious multiplatform public event:

“This event will take vasectomy out of the medical suite and into the homes of people who may never have considered vasectomy.  It will be an important way of encouraging people to think about how their ecological footprint leaves its mark on the planet,” says Willis.

The live-streamed vasectomy-athon will feature Dr Stein performing vasectomies while fielding questions from both the live Adelaide audience and an international online audience.  Simultaneously, a gathering of diverse thought leaders including population expert and author of The Population Bomb Professor Paul Ehrlich will weigh in on the social, political, cultural and ethical issues raised by the event and Dr Stein’s mission to save the planet, one vasectomy at a time…

“Can vasectomies really make a difference?  Mine made a big difference in my life, and to this day I consider it the single most important contribution I have personally made to the wellbeing of future generations, “ says Ehrlich.

World Vasectomy Day is co-produced by Jonathan Stack’s New York-based Gabriel Films and Sydney-based Smith&Nasht – a media production company founded by Simon Nasht and Dick Smith.

11 Comments on "Balls on the Line For Planet Earth – World Vasectomy Day"

  1. Roman on Mon, 8th Jul 2013 11:28 am 

    You would have to sterilize more than 50% of the men to make a differance. Key is to sterilize women.

  2. rollin on Mon, 8th Jul 2013 1:28 pm 

    Futile circus events by confused people.

  3. BillT on Mon, 8th Jul 2013 1:50 pm 

    Keep in mind that a man can start at least one baby per day. And can do it for most of his adult life. All he needs is the opportunity.

    Whereas, women have to wait 28 days, and then 9 months+ for each one. And can only do that for maybe 30 years at best.

  4. Beery on Mon, 8th Jul 2013 1:59 pm 

    What is it about Australians’ desperation to mess with a man’s junk? The country is home to the most vocal circumcision advocates, and now they want us all to get vasectomies?

  5. Kenz300 on Mon, 8th Jul 2013 2:28 pm 

    Good idea……. The world add 75 million more mouths to feed, clothe, and provide energy for every year…. this is unsustainable and only adds to the worlds poverty, suffering and despair.

    Worst Environmental Problem? Overpopulation, Experts Say

  6. GregT on Mon, 8th Jul 2013 2:44 pm 

    “1,000 men in 25 countries will take the ultimate snip to show they care about the growing strain that population is placing on the planet’s resources, their families and themselves.”

    Great plan, that should really put a dent in population growth. With 250 babies being born every minute on the planet, that would take care of the first four minutes of the rest of history.

    We as human beings, will not save the Earth from ourselves. Mother Nature will do it for us, and she is just beginning to get warmed up…………

  7. MEF on Mon, 8th Jul 2013 4:27 pm 

    GregT and Roman hit the nail on the head. This will do absolutely nothing. Women are the bottleneck in population growth. The best way to slow population growth is to have a low female to male ratio (e.g., China). They would better spend their efforts distributing free contraceptives, especially in developing countries.
    Seems like people just don’t understand basic logic.

  8. Juan Pueblo on Mon, 8th Jul 2013 6:04 pm 

    I had my Vasectomy with Dr. Stein eight years ago in Florida, where we both reside. Dr. Stein has performed around 30,000 Vasectomies in his life and is the best in the world in this specialty.
    A Vasectomy is a pain free, 15 minutes, outpatient procedure that costs only $500 for those without medical insurance like me (I have not had medical insurance for 25 years because I consider the system a scam). Dr. Stein practices no scalpel Vasectomies that heal completely in a few hours.
    I consider getting a Vasectomy the smartest thing I did in my life and highly recommend it.
    For those of you not interested or afraid, I recommend making a tax deductible donation to Dr. Stein’s charity. The non profit is called NSVI (No Scalpel Vasectomy International) and you can donate online or by check. Dr. Stein doesn’t make a penny from it as he donates his time and covers his own lodging and travelling expenses out of his own pocket. All proceeds go to train doctors and perform free Vasectomies in places like Haiti.
    Help save the world. Get a Vasectomy or donate to NSVI!

  9. GregT on Tue, 9th Jul 2013 2:25 am 

    Juan Pueblo,

    I commend you on your efforts, you have done a very honourable thing indeed. Not to belittle you in any way.

    Unfortunately, five hundred fertile women can be impregnated by one fertile man in a period of one year. One million fertile men can only impregnate one fertile woman about once every year. Therefore, if we really want to reduce population growth through sterilization, women need to be the ones to undergo surgery in far greater number than men in order to make a difference.

  10. slipperyslope on Tue, 9th Jul 2013 1:24 pm 

    Increasing the acceptance and practice of homosexuality is a less invasive and more pleasurable way of decreasing population. Homosexuality just makes sense. Two people of the same sex come together as equals and therefore know what to expect from each other. Heterosexuality just doesn’t seem to be working for most of the world. Ancient Rome and Greece both reduced their populations by openly practicing homosexuality.

  11. Kenz300 on Tue, 9th Jul 2013 6:45 pm 

    This needs to get more publicity………

    It is a campaign that can have very positive effects in helping to slow unsustainable population growth.

    It should be more visible in main stream media than it is.

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