Environmentalist says humans are plague on Earth

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David Attenborough, British broadcaster and environmentalist, is at it again, claiming that humans are a plague. According to today’s UK Telegraph:

He said the only way to save the planet from famine and species extinction is to limit human population growth.

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,” he told the Radio Times.

Of course, this is nothing new. Environmentalists have been saying similar things for decades. Prince Phillip, former president of the World Wildlife Fund, said “If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.”

Let there be no mistake: mainstream environmentalism has become deeply Rio20-Im-sure-youve-got-humansanti-human. Decades after Paul Ehrlich’s dire predictions of famine and mass starvation due to overpopulation were proven completely wrong, environmental textbooks sing his praises. Maurice Strong, the first director of the United Nations Environment Programme, said, “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrial civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”

Rich, first-world environmentalists advocate against building coal and natural gas power plants in developing countries, even though thousands of impoverished people will die for lack of electricity and the life-saving things it makes possible, such as hospitals, refrigeration, and heating. They block access to and divert funds from tools that can completely eradicate malaria in favor of bed nets.

John Davis, former editor of Earth First!, said “Human beings, as a species, have no more value than slugs… I suspect that eradicating smallpox was wrong. It played an important part in balancing ecosystems.” At best, the philosophical foundation of environmentalism assumes that humans have no value. As the above quotations show, however, many environmentalists believe humans are inherently bad–that homo sapiens is a plague.

CFACT believes differently. A human life is inherently more valuable than a slug, a cow, or any other animal. As our statement of purpose reads, we believe in Prospering Lives, Promoting Progress, and Protecting the Earth. We stand with Julian Simon, who said that people are the ultimate resource. Free and prosperous people are best equipped to address environmental concerns. Human ingenuity, imagination, and creative intelligence are the fuel of progress.

History has shown that the environment is best protected when humans prosper. Nature suffers when people suffer. Any environmentalist policy that would drive up the cost of energy, food, or other essential needs in the name of protecting nature must be rejected. Instead, we must pursue constructive policies of political and economic freedom and wise ecological stewardship that will enhance the future of the world’s people.

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  • Icarus62

    David Attenborough has seen the natural world ravaged and destroyed by human activity for many decades. It’s hardly surprising that he’s upset by it.

  • http://twitter.com/MLysbethe Merkatto Lysbethe
  • Georgiejones

    Oh no, YOU people like Cfact are the human plagues on Earth! You should just move to communist China and enjoy breathing THEIR air – because after all – regulations are evil! Just GO away with your lies.

    • Cali

      Good God! Get a grip of reality will you and maybe read a book once in a while. Of the history variety if possible.

      Why do you think China has bad air compared to the Western world? Because they’re working themselves out of abject poverty. Once they have been allowed to do that and prosper they will foster better environmental policies that will protect their environment just like all the other first world countries have and allow them to live at the same comfortable standard YOU do. But let me guess. You wouldn’t like that would you? You’re not comfortable with the idea that the poor may one day enjoy living at the standard you do today. There’s a word for people like you. And that word is ‘hypocrite’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/roberta.robinson.397 Roberta Robinson

    bingo, when humans prosper so does the enviroment, look at usa many advances in cleaner technology has helped to clean us the usa from previous dirtiness, and made it more pleasant for everyone including the crittors. but china seems to be the exception I guess it is based on the human heart, a polluted mind leads to a polluted earth, by the way anyone who believes humans are a plague or virus of the earth is being not just anti human but anti god as well after all we were created in his image, lets not confuse humans lack of wisdom and mismanagement of the earth with humans being virus, not the same thing, and I don’t see anyone who claims the earth is overpopulating volunteering to die for their cause, they always want others who they don’t have any emotional attachment to die, they want their friends and family to live however since they are not plagues but the saviors, such arrogance is disgusting.

  • J.P. Katigbak

    I am afraid that the dubious idea called “democracy” would remain beneficial to people everywhere in the world, regardless of customs and cultures.

    As for environmentalism, it, too, has unintended consequences against humanity, the environment, economy, etc. etc. etc.

    Aren’t the activist ideologues being held responsible for imposing Marxist-Leninist and Robespierrist doctrines upon the peoples of the world?

    I had enough of the political correctness dogmas. Why? Because it has got the worst in my life. Too much politics are really depressing.

    It is important to make discussions more meaningful – and avoid the depressingly political interference that affects people’s daily lives, appropriate values and customs, economy and other aspects – J.P.K.