Filmmaker Sir David Attenborough Calls Humans a Plague
Sir David Attenborough, the famed British naturalist and television presenter, has some harsh words for humanity.
“We are a plague on the Earth,” Attenborough told the Radio Times, as reported by the Telegraph. “It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so.”
Attenborough went on to say that both climate change and “sheer space” were looming problems for humanity.
“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 said.
Sir David is not the only naturalist who has warned of population growth outstripping resources. Paul Ehrlich, the president of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University and author of “The Population Bomb” (Sierra Club-Ballantine, 1968) has long used language similar to Attenborough’s. And in 2011, an analysis of species loss suggested that humans are beginning to cause a mass extinction on the order of the one that killed the dinosaurs.
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