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Attenborough in favor of reducing population rate.

April 13, 2009

Broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough has become a member of a group seeking to reduce the growth of human population.

In recent times, Attenborough has become increasingly vocal with regards to the need to reduce the population rate in order to protect the wildlife.

In a statement provided by Optimum Population Trust, Attenborough 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.”

The Trust  was founded in 1991 by the late David Willey, its first chairman. The aim of the Trust was to collect and disseminate data in regards to the global population rate, and how this in turn effects the quality of life of the worlds inhabitants.

As of recently, it has launched a “Stop at Two” online pledge in an effort to encourage couples to limit their family size.

David Attenborough’s patronage has proven to be of great condemn to a number of religious followers. Sir David revealed that he had received hate mail from viewers for not crediting God in his nature programmes.

From an environmental stance, the Optimum Population Trust has highlighted a number ways the increasing population rate is acting as a detriment. For example (just to name a few):

  • Continuous population growth, fuelled by an expected increase of 2.3 billion people on the planet by 2050, is multiplying the impacts of climate change and will be ecologically unsustainable.
  • In a world of weather extremes, where land is being lost due to rising temperatures, desertification, floods and rising sea levels, the word will not be able to feed, water and sustain even its current 6.8 billion population.
  • As people are forced off their land by climate change mass migration movements may be joined by up to 200m environmental refugees. The poorest peoples will be the most effected.
  • Although northern temperature climates may benefit in the short term, they too will be effected adversely by climate change.

Please go to the Optimum Population Trust website for more information.

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