I’m a huge fan of Sir David Attenborough. His narration of nature programmes have enthralled and entertained generations. His recent BBC masterpiece called Africa is truly amazing.
I was therefore saddened to hear Sir David’s tirade on Radio Times in the UK where he told audiences that humans are a “plague on the earth”. When listened in context, Sir David’s comments are made worse, not better.
“We are a plague on the Earth. It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It’s not just climate change; it’s 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.”
Metcatornet.com has a great piece covering the issue, including some great comments.
Sir David falls into the same old argument about population growth and its evils.
I had that very argument over the weekend, when at a BBQ on a glorious Wellington evening a group of friends discussed how provincial New Zealand was dying. I said rural towns like Masterton and Levin desperately needed more people, particularly young families. I was chided for thinking that people are necessary to grow local economies and develop our country in a more sustainable way. People seem to want to preserve their lifestyles ahead of developing our country for the better.
Ironically, just the other week the Japanese Deputy PM told his elderly people that it was their duty to “hurry up and die”.
Are we, at last, seeing the real face to the anti-population argument?
All we hear is the same outdated arguments against people. Isn’t it time for a fresh take on population growth?
St. Cyril of Alexandria, patron saint of Egypt, pray for us.