Legendary Filmmaker and Broadcaster, Sir. David Attenborough believes that human beings are using up all the world’s resources and therefore should be controlled by limiting the population. These harsh words come as no surprise since Attenborough has long been rumored to be one of those individuals who think people are having too many babies. The television presenter warns that if we continue down this path of population growth, human beings would be putting their own existence at severe risk. He also held the view that we are using up all world’s precious resources.
Not enough Earth for everyone
The BBC presenter predicts that in the next 50 years or so, food, water and space on this planet would be extremely limited. So what’s his solution? Attenborough suggests that Governments across the developed world should try to curb population growth by investing in sex education and other voluntary measures. These views are nothing new for the recently knighted tv personality. In an interview with Radio Times, the 91-year-old blatantly aired his twisted views on the food crisis going on in Ethiopia. He believes that there are too many people in the region and they can’t sustain themselves.
Attenborough warns that until the human race starts seriously considering their impact on the environment we would continue to experience drastic climate change globally. On a lighter note, the Life of Birds writer also expressed concern over the future of show presenters like himself. He seems to think that because of advancements in camera technology, they will soon be less need for people in front of the camera telling the story. In the interview with Radio Times, he said, “I’m not sure there’s any need for a new Attenborough,” he continued by saying “The more you go on, the less you need people standing between you and the animal and the camera waving their arms about.”
So, Is The World Overpopulated?
Well according to an article posted by the BBC, not exactly. Yes, the world has over 7 billion people today and in 2050 the earth might have well over 11 billion people. But does this mean the world is overpopulated? And how many people can the Earth support? Experts argue it’s not overpopulation that’s the issue, overconsumption is. Our commodities on this planet will not be able to sustain everyone if the super wealthy don’t stop overconsuming. David Satterthwaite, a senior fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development in London, points to the fact that in already overpopulated areas on Earth, man contributes very little carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases. This is because these urban areas are made of the poor and the middle class. On the other hand, rich developed countries spew out more carbon dioxide and generate more greenhouse gases than all the pooer nations combined. So it’s not overpopulation that will harm us it’s greed.
My question is, why do wealthy people think it’s okay to say that killing off billions of poor people will help the world? They obviously haven’t thought it through because rich people’s greed is the problem not the poor. To quote Gandhi: “The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.”
VIDEO: Sir David Attenborough on Overpopulation
So what do you think?
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