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David Attenborough Calls Humans a "Plague Upon the Earth"


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Agnes
- 695 days ago - treehugger.com
In a recent interview with Radio Times, the iconic naturalist and narrator Sir David Attenborough stated, "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 gr



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mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Monday January 28, 2013, 10:08 pm
> David Attenborough Calls Humans a "Plague Upon the Earth"
and i, for one, say: D'ACCORD! (i couldn't agree more!)
 

Agnes N. (717)
Monday January 28, 2013, 10:10 pm
Hi Frank..thanks for comment and noted
you make me Smile..!!
 

jo M. (3)
Monday January 28, 2013, 10:17 pm
Yes, we are like a bunch of locusts.
 

Kim O. (398)
Monday January 28, 2013, 10:47 pm
Great story Agnes! I love David Attenborough and he can't be more right. Humans are an all destroying cancer on this planet.
 

Roger M. (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:22 am
As usual, he's right.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (394)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:48 am
So right is he! Such a wonderful person!
 

Kath P. (10)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:01 am
I've been known to call people locust...I see I'm not alone ;-)
 

cecily w. (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:05 am
He is 100% right!!
 

Mike M. (56)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:34 am
Absolutely true
 

Frans Badenhorst (560)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 7:04 am
I am not going to argue with that hey....:).....
 

Suheyla C. (228)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 8:13 am
Thank you Agnes for sharing
noted
 

Bernard Cronyn (31)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:30 am
Of course he is right. In order to end or limit our immensely destructive presence on this planet and stop being “a plague” we need to live well within the earth's natural means. Firstly we need to produce far fewer children per family unit putting an end to such greedy practices as polygamy and the hegemony of religion and customs that prohibit birth control. How about exchanging the “Right to bear children” with “Earning the privilege to bear children”? At the same time we need to do away with the total insanity of an economic system that is fixated on never ending growth. We also need an effective education and social systems that persuades people to take personal responsibility for the health of our environment. Being wealthy and powerful should not be a license to selfishly take more than a fair share of resources. We need to finally discard the misguided and disgusting Descartian view that non-human animals are merely machines for the use and abuse of “God-like” humanity. Will we ever do anything before it is too late; I doubt it.
 

Natasha Salgado (579)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:34 pm
Brilliant man!!! I could not have said it better myself. This planet needs a fresh start. ASAP. Noted,thanks.
 

monka blanke (82)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 2:09 pm
he is so right.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 2:29 pm
Absolutely true, thanks for posting!
 

Dianna M. (16)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 3:10 pm
Humans--a plague on the Earth--hard to swallow? Not really. All I've ever had to do was look at some of my coworkers.

H'mm, a 'plague of coworkers' . . .
 

Brian M. (202)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 3:42 pm
The only other organism that spreads so toxically across this planet as humans is: viruses.
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:41 pm
noted and agreed, thanks Agnes
 

Freya H. (313)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:50 pm
Unfortunately, he is all too right. Now watch Mother Nature take a hint and unleash a plague on us. What with more and more bacteria getting more and more resistant to antibiotics, that won't be hard at all.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:13 pm
No Kidding we are the deadliest animal here on the planet..what other animal kills and mams just for the pleasure of it or is totally selfish and non caring for its kind..we destroy in the name of greed and power and kill all in our path..........we are a scourge on this beautiful place....a failed experiment!
I myself prefer the company of animals the fury kind!
 

Debbie Williamson (276)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:19 pm
I've always thought that we may be some sort of virus.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:48 pm
Yes, so right, and such a brave man to say it so outspokenly.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:54 pm
Not only numbers, but human lifestyles, pollution, carbon emissions etc.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:09 pm
This planet would be a great place to live if we humans became extinct.
 

Sheri Schongold (7)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:50 pm
He is right. There are too many people and the majority of them are the "wrong kind". They are the ones who want the money regardless of who it belongs to and want the earth paved and a complete housing development and parking lot. The rest of us would be happy to live on the earth if you'd leave us alone. We, the rest of the people, only want to live a decent life, not hurt anyone or anything including the environment.
 

Marie W. (67)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 11:23 pm
Agree
 

Sam E M. (0)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:56 am
Sadly, I too must agree with him. Too many people prefer to hide their head in the sand and ignore the problems.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 6:26 am
More like a virus that's out of control. When we kill our host where will we go?
 

Suzanne L. (140)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:35 am
He is right. TY Agnes.
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:49 am
I think he has a valid point.
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:53 pm
Yep, he is absolutely correct. With any luck we will kill ourselves off before killing the entire planet. While millions of us care and try to change the world-there are not enough of us. There are too many that 1. refuse to believe it, 2. only care about what is in it for them-screw the rest, 3. the purposely false science being "taught" in many states, 4. the absolute greed running rampant, especially in the US, 5-how long do you have to read a list.....Those of us that are older know the weather has changed drastically. We know use of pesticides is destroying more than it is saving. We know profit trumps people in this country. We know our government is failing us right and left because too many politicians are "owned" by corporations and that is who they represent. We know the wars going on are really about profit for civilian entities-not to right wrongs in other countries. I truly worry about the future that is coming and I am glad I am old enough to have enjoyed a better time frame than our children, grandchildren and so on will be faced with if we can't get this reversed. I will continue the fight for as long as I live-as will many of us.
 

Ana Fontan (16)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 7:20 pm
Absolute and undeniable truth! Thank you for this post!
 

Valerie W. (52)
Friday February 1, 2013, 7:44 am
He is So right!! Though it may seem unthinkable, or maybe even immoral, or unethical, or whatever, humans, as an "intelligent" species, need to seriously start thinking about "the future of the many, versus the wants of the few", as in start mandatory birth control & restrictions to no more than 2 children. Gone should be the carefree days of large multi-children households. We are destroying our environment, as well as pushing many species of animals & plants into extinction due to us taking over their habitats & creating toxic pollution everywhere! Not to mention our barbaric, ruthless, random, selfish, out-of-control slaughter of the earth's precious animals!
 

Klaus Peters (13)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 9:24 am
Does he include himself? That is the human milk of kindness, blame others, but not yourself. All humans and animals are selfish, some a lot more than others. Survival and greed, David Attenborough is no differend, but knew how to make money having wildlife filmed. It was not about the animals, but himself, money and fame. His camera men and the wildlife were the real stars, not him. He just read the script in the studio.
 
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