Like a lot of people, especially in Britain, I grew up watching David Attenborough programmes. I still watch them all the time as they are far and away the best of their kind and I can’t stand most other kinds of TV programme.
Attenborough is a very well-loved figure in Britain. The strange thing is that he has recently been becoming controversial.
Originally, many of the climate change activists were angry that Attenborough wasn’t saying much about the problem.
Then he made a documentary called ‘The Truth about Climate Change’ of which this is an excerpt with some commentary…
I also noticed a great post or two at Wis[s]e Words where he shows that Dutch Evangelical TV had been editing his programmes to remove all references to evolution. The links for 3 videos [in English] demonstrating the editing are HERE, HERE and HERE
In January 2009, Sir David revealed that he had received hate mail from viewers for not crediting God in his nature programmes.
The most recent documentary , ‘Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life’ might not have helped him in those circles.
However his most recent pronouncement may be causing outrage from the very same people as he has started to talk about human overpopulation.
He has become the patron of the ‘Optimum Population Trust’ which is a group that accuses both governments and greens of having a taboo on the subject of human population.
As the BBC article says…
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.”
The Trust, which was founded in 1991, campaigns for the UK population to decrease voluntarily by not less than 0.25% a year.
It has launched a “Stop at Two” online pledge to encourage couples to limit their family’s size.
Overpopulation is the elephant in the room.
So more power to David – even if I suspect he would find my ideas a little to the left of his.