Brits Gone Wild: Sir David Attenborough Calls Humans ‘A Plague On The Earth’

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Most Americans are more familiar with Sir David Attenborough’s brother, Sir Richard, for his role as the creepy old guy in Jurassic Park whose dinosaur-cloning experiment didn’t turn out quite as planned.

Apparently, neither has the human race.

According to “Sir David” (I’ve never understood the requisite qualifications for knighthood; see: Mick Jagger), human beings are a plague on the Earth.

“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.”

The left certainly has a way with words, doesn’t it? While no rational individual would argue that people in regions of the world facing famine and disease shouldn’t concern themselves with population control, eradication of wide-spread disease, the development of sustainable food systems and environmental reform, to suggest that “we” in general are a “plague” on the planet is typical hyperbolic liberal drivel – which is usually designed to guilt Western countries into accepting responsibility for the plight of the rest of the world – particularly the “under-developed” countries.

(Memo: If a country hasn’t “developed” by the 21st Century, chances are slim to none that it will do so any time soon.)

The beloved (by the Brits) television personality claims that not only are we as humans threatening our own existence, but that of other species as well – as “we” “use up the world’s resources.” (Al Gore seen vigorously nodding in approval.) Attenborough says the only way to save the planet from “species extinction” is to limit human population growth.

Perhaps I’m splitting hairs, here. While Attenborough’s assessment of the plight of sub-Saharan Africa is correct, it is his suggestion that the human race as a whole is somehow responsible for those who cannot and will not take care of themselves that rubs me the wrong way. It is his generalization and universal labeling of the human race as a “plague” with which I take umbrage. Too picky?

Maybe I’ve just listened to Al Gore and Barack Obama too long.

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6 replies

  1. What about the species invading HUMAN living space? Hmmm? Even living in a biggish city (and I mean close to smack dab in the middle of the metro) we’re overrun with rabbits, opossums, squirrels, birds and have hawks hanging around as well as big owls, bats (one flew out of my closet one night), and the occasional raccoon. The parks have problems with Canada geese, too many Mallards, muskrats, skunks, in some places foxes and in the more affluent ‘burbs where people think they are living in the woods, deer. And I mean enough deer to provide tens of thousands of pounds of venison to the poor people of the city EVERY winter. I actually saw a coyote cross the main highway almost at downtown.

    Well, Sir David Attenborough, we could always revert to hunter gatherer for food. After all, plenty of meat has invaded our space, so long as my cute and charming little toy dogs don’t tree it (actually happened with an opossum one night).

    Why do these morons get attention?

  2. One could wonder if the extinction of the species is in accordance with the over-all plan of evolution. This is nautral selection at work?

  3. If the evil humans were removed from the earth, where would all of the remaining species of plants and animals go for health care?

  4. As to extinction, perhaps the line of fire asteroid belt that abuts our planet will make that determination long before natural selection. Then again, it is quite possible that our own reluctance to enjoy and share prosperity and peace across continents and cultures may be just the trigger needed for Sir David Attenborough’s Utopian people-less planet to come into being. It’s just too bad that as a prerequisite he won’t be allowed to remain and admire his dream come true.

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