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.