Enormous horde of humans are a 'plague' on the planet

Sir David Attenborough says human beings have become a "plague" because there are too many people on the planet.

Sir David Attenborough
Sir David Attenborough Credit: PA Wire

The 86-year-old broadcaster also warned about the climate change and said the effects would become obvious over the next 50 years.

Speaking to the Radio Times he said:

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 grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now.

We keep putting on programmes about famine in Ethiopia - that's what's happening. Too many people there. They can't support themselves - and it's not an inhuman thing to say. It's the case.

Until humanity manages to sort itself out and get a co-ordinated view about the planet, it's going to get worse and worse.

Aerial view shows the Kabasa transit centre
Aerial view shows the Kabasa transit centre Credit: Reuters

Sir David even predicted that his own style of presenting would soon be extinct.

I'm not sure there's any need for a new Attenborough. The more you go on, the less you need people standing between you and the animal and the camera waving their arms about.

It's much cheaper to get someone in front of a camera describing animal behaviour than actually showing you (the behaviour). That takes a much longer time.

But the kind of carefully tailored programmes in which you really work at the commentary, you really match pictures to words, is a bit out of fashion now... regarded as old hat.