David Attenborough Says Humans Are A Plague On Earth

Sir David Attenborough, the famed British naturalist and television presenter, has some harsh words for humanity.

British naturalist and animal-lover Sir David Attenborough has made his feelings about the human race quite clear, describing our species as a "plague"

“We are a plague on the Earth,” Attenborough told the Radio Times, the Telegraph reported. “It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so.”

He also commented on global warming and over-population:

“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.

This isn't the first time the human race has been warned against the dangers of itself, Paul Ehrlich, the president of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University and author of “The Population Bomb” (Sierra Club-Ballantine, 1968) has touted similar ideas to Sir Davids, and in 2011 declared that humans are heading for a mass extinction, like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.

In response to Attenborough's comments, Ehrlich told LiveScience he “completely agree[d], as does every other scientist who understands the situation.”

He also said  “Government propaganda, taxes, giving every sexually active human being access to modern contraception and backup abortion, and, especially, giving women absolutely equal rights and opportunities with men might very well get the global population shrinkage required if a collapse is to be avoided,”.

Still often seen as a taboo subject, more reliable birth control in the U.S. could prevent between 41 percent and 71 percent of abortions in the United States, according to a study detailed in the Oct. 4, 2012, issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Attenborough has similar back-up in other scientists.

“It’s clear that increasing population growth makes some of our biggest environmental challenges harder to solve, not easier,” said from Jerry Karnas, population campaign director for the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, Ariz.

Karnas also added “What’s needed is not population control but a real emphasis on reproductive rights, women’s empowerment, universal access to birth control and education, so more freedom for folks to make better, more informed family planning choices.”

The population of Earth was 7 billion as of Oct 2011.

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