Sir David Attenborough, the face and voice of quality BBC natural history programmes, controller of BBC2 during the ‘golden age’ of British television, national treasure, has become a patron of the Optimum Population Trust, the organisation that campaigns for reductions in the human population.
For a long time, Sir David refused to campaign on environmental matters, maintaining that he was there only to show the wonders of life on Earth. It was almost as if he credited audiences with the ability to draw their own conclusions.
Not any more. In his dotage, he has been trading on that trust. Take his closing remarks to his 2002 flagship BBC series The Life of Mammals:
Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, perhaps it’s time to control the population to allow the survival of the environment.
In a statement, Sir David said:
I’ve never seen a problem that wouldn’t be easier to solve with fewer people, or harder, and ultimately impossible, with more.
Perhaps we can be of assistance…
How many cavemen does it take to build a Large Hadron Collider?
Did few hands make light work of this?
Was this just some garage project?
How many cooks can it take to write a recipe book?