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Published On: Tue, Jan 22nd, 2013

David Attenborough declares ‘Human are a plague on the Earth,’ calls for population control

Humans are a plague on the Earth that need to be controlled by limiting population growth, according to Sir David Attenborough.

Wildscreen's photograph of David Attenborough at ARKive's launch in Bristol, England  May 2003

Wildscreen’s photograph of David Attenborough at ARKive’s launch in Bristol, England May 2003

The television presenter said that humans are threatening their own existence and that of other species by using up the world’s resources. He said the only way to save the planet from famine and species extinction is to limit human population growth.

“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,” he told the Radio Times.

The 86-year-old Attenborough is also a patron of the Optimum Population Trust, a think-tank on population growth on long-term sustainability, quality of life and the natural environment, specifically natural resources, climate change, and biodiversity.

He spoke out earlier about the “frightening explosion in human numbers” and the need for investment in sex education and other voluntary means of limiting population in developing countries.

“We keep putting on programs about famine in Ethiopia; that’s what’s happening. Too many people there. They can’t support themselves – and it’s not an inhuman thing to say. It’s the case. Until humanity manages to sort itself out and get a coordinated view about the planet, it’s going to get worse and worse.”

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