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Attenborough - 'humans are plague on Earth'

Posted on Wednesday, 23 January, 2013 | Comment icon 118 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Sir David Attenborough has expressed his concerns over Earth's ever increasing human population.

The 86-year-old has spent a lifetime exploring the wonders of the natural world but out of all creatures it seems that it is ourselves who pose the greatest risk to the planet. "We are a plague on the Earth," he said. "Itís coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. Itís not just climate change; itís sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now."

Sir David has long been a proponent of better sex education and voluntary methods for controlling population growth. "We keep putting on programmes about famine in Ethiopia; thatís whatís happening. Too many people there," he said. "Until humanity manages to sort itself out and get a coordinated view about the planet itís going to get worse and worse."

"The television presenter said that humans are threatening their own existence and that of other species by using up the worldís resources."

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Comment icon #109 Posted by Br Cornelius on 4 February, 2013, 9:22
It is not TreeHuggers who are making prediction of dire declines of the biosphere, it is scientists in every field of terrestrial biology. From ocean scientists; http://www.stateoftheocean.org/pdfs/1906_IPSO-LONG.pdf Entering or already in the sixth mass extinction; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/03/sixth-mass-extinction_n_830947.html] Been optimistic seems delusional to me. As I said - the majority of this decline in ecosystem integrity happened in lock step with the rise of mans population from 3billion to 7billion over the last 50years. Adding a further 3billion cannot improve the si... [More]
Comment icon #110 Posted by redhen on 5 February, 2013, 8:05
It is not TreeHuggers who are making prediction of dire declines of the biosphere, it is scientists in every field of terrestrial biology. Quite so. You can add to that list "Some 1,700 of the world's leading scientists, including the majority of Nobel laureates in the sciences". http://www.ucsusa.org/about/1992-world-scientists.html
Comment icon #111 Posted by Asadora on 5 February, 2013, 22:51
We should just all wear chastity belts. "We have been God-like in our planned breeding of our domesticated plants and animals, but we have been rabbit-like in our unplanned breeding of ourselves." --Arnold Joseph Toynbee
Comment icon #112 Posted by psyche101 on 6 February, 2013, 8:22
So why does he make such an outrageous statement? I think prominent people have a special responsibility to be very careful what they say. Shock value I would say, like sex, it gets attention, and that is what he is trying to do. As far as plague, maybe he could have used another term but it would be taken as offensive by someone anyway, no pleasing everyone. Personally I rather like his BBC stuff. What he proposes is hardly new. For the last few years Australia has been debating a "Big Australia" and a "Small Australia" The optimum choice seems to be very slow population growth. Almost zero. ... [More]
Comment icon #113 Posted by Frank Merton on 6 February, 2013, 8:53
Population growth rates around the world drop automatically when living standards reach certain levels. It has happened in Vietnam without a single law or even propaganda campaign -- merely making early-term abortions available (but not subsidized) and making other contraception methods widely available.
Comment icon #114 Posted by Br Cornelius on 6 February, 2013, 9:31
Population growth rates around the world drop automatically when living standards reach certain levels. It has happened in Vietnam without a single law or even propaganda campaign -- merely making early-term abortions available (but not subsidized) and making other contraception methods widely available. You miss the point. Current populations are unsustainable - add 3billion and things are considerably worse. A species peaking out on its population curve almost never spots the signs until it is to late. In this case we are a global species and so our overexploitation of the planetary resource... [More]
Comment icon #115 Posted by Br Cornelius on 6 February, 2013, 9:34
It's historical record too - that Which Sir David speaks of. From what I understand of American History, when man crossed the Bering straight, and found this paradise, he raped it. When man started starving to death, we caught on. And as such, so many traditions were born into Native American culture, as well as a deep respect for the land, because of you do not respect it, you will starve. Then England Colonised America, and killed what game had been left, and nurtured back into a decent population. and we did it again. Sounds like the same thing on a global scale really. Same things seems to... [More]
Comment icon #116 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 6 February, 2013, 17:34
Get people to stop eating meat as a main course Just as an aside, but this will increase the already exponential rate of topsoil loss Not saying we shouldnt cut back on meat, just that it's not a clear-cut solution and has other problems that need addressing.
Comment icon #117 Posted by Br Cornelius on 6 February, 2013, 17:40
Just as an aside, but this will increase the already exponential rate of topsoil loss Not saying we shouldnt cut back on meat, just that it's not a clear-cut solution and has other problems that need addressing. We should learn from our ancestors and grow most of our food in the immediate vicinity of our houses. The Soviet era russians managed to produce 60% of their food needs from the small gardens around peasant houses. The failures of collectivised farming would have destroyed the Soviet Union if it hadn't have been for the sustainable production of peasants. We are suffering under another... [More]
Comment icon #118 Posted by Artaxerxes on 6 February, 2013, 19:34
Just for the record, I agree. The kindest thing anyone can do {short of committing suicide} for the environment is to choose not to have children. If you really care for the environment - don't have children. It's as simple as that. Art


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