David Attenborough, famous narrator of BBC documentaries, says that humans are a plague on earth. He told the Radio Times: “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 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” (“David Attenborough,” The Telegraph, Jan. 21, 2013). He says the problem in Ethiopia is that there are “too many people there,” which is patently ridiculous. China and India, which are far more populated, do not have a similar problem with famine.
Ethiopia’s population density is 83 people per square kilometer, whereas China’s is 143 and India’s is 372, which is four times that of Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s famines were caused by war, a corrupt and uncaring government, human greed, statism, forced resettlement, and other things. In fact, BBC’s own documentaries, such as Planet Earth, prove that lack of space is not the problem. The vast majority of the habitable parts of the earth is underpopulated. The problem is not too many people but too much sinful folly.
There is a sense in which man is a plague on earth, but it is not because there are too many of them; it is because man is a sinner against his Creator God and corruption and ruin has followed in his wake. It is telling that “population limiters” such as David Attenborough and Bill Gates never step up to the plate to volunteer their own lives to reduce the population load on earth. They have an elitist mentality. BBC natural history documentaries are a marvelous showcase for the existence of God and the glories of His creation. It’s too bad that they are overladen with evolutionary and man-made global warming mythology.
(Friday Church News Notes, January 25, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)