Monday, April 13th, 2009
The ‘Optimum Population Trust’, a privately funded foundation in favour of a ‘voluntary’ two child policy (which, it regrets to inform us, may have to become mandatory, just like in China), releases papers questioning the rights of parents to have children, and generally spends its time decrying the existence of our species on the planet. Mr. Attenborough will be keeping some interesting company in the OPT – Paul Ehrlich, who wrote The Population Bomb in 1969 – and infamously predicted that the world would starve to death somewhere between 1970 and 1985 – is a fellow patron.
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April 13, 2009
The broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has become a patron of a group seeking to cut the growth in human population.
On joining the Optimum Population Trust, Sir David said growth in human numbers was “frightening”.
Sir David has been increasingly vocal about the need to reduce the number of people on Earth to protect wildlife.
The Trust, which accuses governments and green groups of observing a taboo on the topic, say they are delighted to have Sir David as a patron.
Sir David, one of the BBC’s longest-standing presenters, has been making documentaries on the natural world and conservation for more than half a century.
In a statement issued by the Optimum Population Trust he is quoted as saying: “I’ve never seen a problem that wouldn’t be easier to solve with fewer people, or harder, and ultimately impossible, with more.”