Filmmaker Sir David Attenborough: Humans Are A ‘Plague On Earth’

Sir David Attenborough, the 86-year old filmmaker, and naturalist have made it clear; “We [humans] are a plague on Earth”. Though uncomfortable and disturbing, it’s quite true.

The renowned TV presenter stated his scathing words to the Radio Times back in 2013. It’s a few years back but his words still stand against the entire humanity.

Our world survived just fine for years without us… humans. Since we suddenly evolved, the Earth is proceeding towards its doom at a soaring speed. This catastrophic impact of humans on our planet is now clearer than ever. With the release of documentaries such as “The Flood” by Leonardo Dicaprio, the public is becoming aware of the consequences of their actions.

We, humans, survive on the free, yet finite resources on Earth. Increasing human populations have a climacteric negative impact on these finite resources and climate change.

Nature Is Already On The Move

Attenborough said in an interview, “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”. Clearly, nature IS doing it for us right now. Deaths caused by the coronavirus are surging as India has entered a critical point like no other time in history. Our carelessness too certainly has a share in it.

The rapid surging of the human population is making it extremely difficult to control the environmental challenges. Along with Attenborough, several other naturalists have highlighted the probability of mass extinction of the human race if the rate of human population growth rises any further. An analysis conducted in 2011 revealed that such a mass extinction could be similar to the extinction of dinosaurs.

Attenborough said in a story published by The Independent, “We can’t go on increasing at the rate human beings are increasing forever because Earth is finite and you can’t put infinity into something that is finite”.

David Attenborough On Overpopulation:

Paul Ehrlich, the president of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University said that small efforts on each individual’s part can create a collective impact on the impending danger; “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”.

A study conducted in October 2012 found that by providing free, reliable birth control to women, 41%-71% of abortions in the United States can be prevented.

Attenborough further warns that we must act without delay if we want to delay the upcoming unknown crises. He says, “The only straw of comfort or of hope, and even that is pretty fragile, is that wherever women are given political control of their bodies, where they have the vote, education, appropriate medical facilities and they can read and have rights and so on, the birth rate falls, there’s no exceptions to that.”

If nature is already on the move, it means we’ve reached the limits. So, further ignorance would lead to our collective destruction. And surely, birth control alone is not enough.


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