Sir David is wrong about population
Sir David Attenborough describes humans as a "plague on the Earth" (Mercury, January 23).
He talks direly of 50 years hence, threats to the climate, space, food. He tells Ethiopians there are too many of them and they can't support themselves.
In other words, rehashing the same old myth, but throwing in climate change for added dash.
The leading authorities on food distribution are very clear – there is more than enough food for everyone on the planet.
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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation has said: "The world currently produces enough food for everybody, but many people do not have access to it."
Since over-population isn't the cause of hunger, fixing over-population won't fix these problems.
In fact, the obsession with overpopulation often leads to precious aid money being spent on population control rather than real aid.
Sir David catastrophises, much as others before him.
In 1798, Thomas Malthus predicted that by 1890 the world would have standing room only.
In 1972, a Planned Parenthood World Population article warned, "The human race has 35 years left: after that, people will start eating plankton. Or people."
Population alarmists will rarely be heard expressing a readiness to put their own lives aside for the good of the planet. It's always someone else who has to go.
As G K Chesterton put it: "The answer to anyone who talks about the surplus population is to ask him whether he is part of the surplus population; or if not, how he knows he is not."
Francisca Martinez, Leicester.