David Attenborough has described humans as a “plague on Earth” that need to slow down breeding to stop the world’s population being reduced by more brutal means. Speaking to the Radio Times, the beloved naturalist said the impact of the rapidly increasing population “will come home to roost over the next 50 years or so.”
Finding food for the human ‘hordes’ is as just big a threat to survival as global warming, he said. “It’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde,” he told the magazine. “Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us. The natural world is doing it for us right now.