Reduce human populations to protect wildlife, says Attenborough

April 13th, 2009 - 4:31 pm ICT by ANI  

London, April 13 (ANI): Sir David Attenborough, a prominent British broadcaster, has stressed on the need to reduce the number of people on Earth to protect wildlife in the future.

According to a report by BBC News, Attenborough has become in a line of patrons of a group seeking to cut the growth in human population.

On joining the Optimum Population Trust, he said that growth in human numbers was “frightening”.

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.”

Attenborough, one of the BBC’s longest-standing presenters, has been making documentaries on the natural world and conservation for more than half a century.

The Trust, which accuses governments and green groups of observing a taboo on the topic, say they are delighted to have Sir David as a patron.

Founded in 1991, the trust campaigns for the UK population to decrease voluntarily by not less than 0.25 percent a year.

It has launched a “Stop at Two” online pledge to encourage couples to limit their family’s size.

Other patrons include Jonathan Porritt, chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, and Dame Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall institute. (ANI)

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