Filmmaker And Naturalist Sir David Attenborough Says: Humans Are A ‘Plague On Earth’…

Filmmaker And Naturalist Sir David Attenborough Says: Humans Are A 'Plague On Earth'...


Famed naturalist and nature television presenter Sir David Attenborough has publicly announced what many conversationists have been thinking for a long time: humanity is a plague on Earth.

With the recent release of documentaries on climate change, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘The Flood’, we are learning increasing amounts about how our human impact is having a catastrophic impact of our planet which survived just fine for … years without us.

Attenborough told The Telegraph that dramatically increasing human populations are also a crucial reason for our negative impact on the world’s natural resources which we rely on to survive, together with climate change.



He suggests: “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,”.

Together with Attenborough, other naturalists have warned of similar probabilities if the human population carries on at the rate that it currently is, with an analysis in 2011 on species loss even suggested that human are starting to cause a mass extinction which can even be compared to the one that killed the dinosaurs.

Although this sounds heavily dramatic and a bit scary, Paul Ehrlich, the president of the Centre for Conservation Biology at Stanford University has claimed that we can all take small measures to decrease our impact, including “Government propaganda, taxes, giving every sexually active human being access to modern contraception and backup abortion, and, especially, giving women absolutely equal rights and opportunities with men might very well get the global population shrinkage required if a collapse is to be avoided”.

According to a study detailed in the October 2012 issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, it has been found that by providing free, reliable birth control to women, we could in fact prevent between 41%-71% of abortions in the United States.

Jerry Karnas, the population campaign director for the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, Ariz, agreed by saying that we need a real emphasis on women’s empowerment together with free access to birth control, meaning that thought out family planning can be easily conducted.

Attenborough is in fact a patron of the Optimum Population Trust that advocates voluntary population limitation, and believes that limiting and managing our population growth could have less of a negative impact on our already diminishing planet.

Birth control is quite controversial, but there are many other ways to reduce our environmental impact, for example, reducing consumption and food waste, around 40% of food in the United States is never eaten (via TruthTheory)…

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Tell us something we don’t know! Attenborough also said that the Human population should be drastically reduced, but I notice he’s still here and breathing, obviously he meant other people should die, and not himself, typical.

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    Here is something you may know or care about but If mankind stays on the same path, he will overpopulate himself, use up and/or destroy the enitre planet for everyone including YOUR GRANDCHILDREN. Maybe at some time population control will not be so scary to contemplate if we realize we are all going to die anyway someday. Of course homosapien as a species is far to arrogant and ignorant to care about his own future. You just proved it. Maybe a diferent one will have better luck.

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    Devin Culley , control of Human population is fine by me, however Attenborough was trying to promote an active cull of Humans already alive and going about their business. Control Birth rates by all means, and I agree it will have to be tackled at some point, but I cannot and will not support a mass cull of people across the world. Oh, and just for your information, My Grandchildren are my STEP Grand children, I actively chose not to have children when I was a young man.

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    Dope. He meant curb the population explosion. Not commit suicide. What do you people use for brains?

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    Those who push for population control ( be honest, you mean 3rd world people) are simply racists hiding behind some eco-concern Bullshit.

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    Third world people ARE the ones out of balance with their environment. Aided and abetted over the years of course by our well meaning but clueless do gooders. White European folk are now less than 9% of world’s population, many women not even having children. Third world population control should be paramount.

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    Patricia Palermo , If you bothered to actually read what he said, you’d find that he said the population needed to be halved IMMEDIATELY, and was suggesting all sorts of ways that might be achieved especially by targeting the “older population”. He then went on with ideas about birth control.

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    Just meat-eaters need to be culled.
    The planet can sustain 16 billion vegetarians no problem.

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    Mankind is a Dawinian species first and foremost (unconscious protector/providers almost all the time).
    Thats why humanity is essentially doomed to fail.

    If we can adopt an economic and social system that takes care of peoples breeding requirements (nest, food, health, education, job to pay for it), the side of us that is ‘physically’ aggressive/ protective (unconscious), then and only then will the thinking conscious human being emerge, and we will have a great future as a species.
    Its not rocket science.

    War&House/Amazon/Paul McGrail

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    John Oakley can you please point to where in the article he is, in your words, promoting “an active cull of Humans already alive and going about their business”. I do hope he sues you for libel just to teach you a lesson.

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him and all his elitist friends are the freekin plague morelike

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    I’m sure he thinks that there is to many of the wrong type of people. The common ones. The prick rides on the back of real scientists and takes all the credit. BBC through and through.

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    I bet his queen,the german one, who ‘rules’ my island, will give him more glory soon, especially as their agenda to wipe us out is climaxing

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strongly agree that humanity is a plague

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Couldn’t agree more.

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Time to be the opposite then I c it happening

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We are passed the tipping point of what this planet can bear. Our population will be reduced to almost nothing soon enough. Maybe even wiped out entirely. The earth knows how to heal itself after we are gone so I’m not worried.

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    I’m not worried because God is in control of His creation, and nothing can happen that He does not know about, or allow. God knows what He is doing, and He is the One Who will renew the Earth.

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    I’m glad you found a reason not to worry as well 🙂

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Whatever. Get a life .

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Yep! Unfortunately that’s what we’ve become. If we had only learned from the indigenous people!

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Do you mean conservationists?

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Just wait till Trump’s government craps all over the country and Planet

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Says the elitist who refuses to “off” himself to better the earth. Correct?

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Yep,I came up with a brilliant way of saving the earth and de populating human beings,but no ones listening……use human fat for an energy source,we did do it almost every living thing on earth why not ourselves for once!

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Yes I agree & we destroy everything in our way!

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I say, after you

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We will kill ourselves, nobworries

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Humans as a species is not a plague.
Greed is the plague. Money, mass manufacturing, over consumion and slavery are symptoms.

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And as usual he is correct.

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In the movie , parade’s. The End Benidict Cumberbach charactor regrets the greed of man in the industrial world.
For all of our progress in technology we have not become better people

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He must be an atheist.

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human is the fiercest beasts in the planet earth…

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And its all Adams fault, apparently ?

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If you were able to examine Earth from space, this is the conclusion you would come to. One species, which is also severely damaging it’s own, only world. He has seen a lot more of this planet than most and he is right.

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THERE WOULD BE A SOLUTION TO SAVE OUR PLANET, IF THE LEADERS OF THIS PLANET BELIEVED IN PEACE RATHER THAN WAR:- STOP SPENDING EVERY PENNY IN “BULETS”, YATCHS, MANSIONS P’te PLANES Etc:: THEN GET RID OF THE GREEDY PHARMACEUTICALS OF THIS WORLD, THE MONSANTOS AND SUCH A LIKE, AND FINALLY, NAME AND SHAME THE SWISSTZERLANDS OF THIS GREEDY WORLD, WHERE THIS IS MONEY THAT WILL NEVER BE USED BY NO ONE:—ZZZZIIIILLLLIIIIOOONNNSSS ($$$)ARE IN THEM PLACES THAT COULD FEED EVERY ONE CONFORTABLY:–INSTEAD MAN IS DETERMINED TO GO ELSEWHERE, WITH PICK AND SHOVEL AND DESTROY IT AS WELL (MARS)–BOY AM I HAPPY THAT ONE OF THESE DAYS I AM DEAD…YYYUUUKK HUMAN RACE, TO WHOM IT APPLIES:—!…

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Like many he’s an evolutionary atheist without vision or hope. Sad

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he should know, he worked for the BBC the broadcasters who “Knowingly” allowed predatory sexual deviants to remain within their corporation and tried to cover the facts up to save face; Were you not in charge of BBC 2 whilst the Saville creature was abusing young children Sir David?

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I had that thought 35 years ago, and did something about it.
Love David Attenborough, but it’s too late.

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We are parasitic to this planet! ????

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It makes me ashamed to be human with the destruction we have caused. We need to look around us and see the natural beauty of our planet, sooner than later there will be nothing left. ????????

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everyone else is

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Mankind is a Dawinian species first and foremost (unconscious protector/providers almost all the time).
Thats why humanity is very likely to fail.

If we can adopt an economic and social system that takes care of peoples breeding requirements (nest, food, health, education, job to pay for it), the side of us that is ‘physically’ aggressive/protective and almost totally unconscious, then and only then will the thinking conscious human being emerge, and we will have a great future as a species.
Its not rocket science.

War&House/Amazon/Paul McGrail

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ive said this for years.

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Humans are the only way life on planet earth will survive. We are in charge of the survival. The earth had gone through stages once being a fireball, another time it was ice ball earth, then there was the cambrian extinction. I mean lets be honest we need to get off this planet and populate the entire solar system with life.

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Just another snobby eugenicist.

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Maybe he could cease consuming resources.

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A virus to the planet. Like herpes

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And He is right, no doubt about it.

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That’s a no shitter. How many years of college did it take to formulate that opinion? Asshat!

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No ! The plague are Corporations first, and some humans after. Because most of us wouldn’t do what Corporations do to our planet. It’s very easy to put the guilt on the little people without money nor power to do anything about it.

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    No, the wealth/povo debate needs to stop. Lots of wealthy people that live with an integrity to the earth mother. Stop blaming. Start living.

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    There would be no corporations if there were no people. We created the corporations plague. It is human greed that causes wealth. It all starts with mankind.

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    So what are you personally doing to help the planet. I grow some of my own food, I plant flowers for the pollinators, I plant trees and shrubs for the birds, I feed the birds when winter hits, I recycle as much as i can, I compost my leftover fruits and vegetables, I live in a small ranch house with other family…..and probably most important…….I don’t buy things I don’t need. When I do buy things, I try to get them at thrift stores instead of new from China or other foreign countries.

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    Dawn Singleton not sure if that was for me or the starter of this thread, but if me – I actively campaign for environmental charities, have not bought any clothes in over two years (the need v want that you mentioned) I compost, I don’t buy bottled water, grow what I can, check how ethical my purchases from supermarkets are before I buy them, I plant flowers for bees and keep honey in my handbag for when I see a bee struggling, and I try to keep myself up to date with which companies should be supported. Local produce is important to me and I shop from our local farmers’ market (organic, free range, sustainable…) I am no different to millions of others, but the point is that of all the species that inhabit this planet, we are by far the most destructive – I cannot understand how anyone could argue otherwise.

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Luke De Vincentis

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    do you agree or disagree with this legend?

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    Luke De Vincentis I disagree, he is part of the problem, he’s no legend, he’s a tainted mouthpiece for the establishments lines… it’s social engineering to make people hate themselves

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    well then we must hope there are plenty of strong enough individuals out there like you and I who don’t let anyone dictate thoughts, feelings or emotions to us!

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We could be stewards!

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I agree… humans are a cancer.

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why i never had kids. and why its up to ourselves to limit our breeding at a personal level, rather than say “oh i have to because they had 6 kids, i only had 3”, if we stick to 1 or 0 (and allow for random twins and tripplets) we can bring our population size down, without this implemented Agenda 21 to reduce population through “soft weapons”. As far as modern living is concerned, the human debt slave out lives its usefulness around 44 years old, where they start costing mroe than they are worth (as they wear out). The idea is to keep the population the same, but kill people off between 45-60 years old. we are not here to serve the economic empire on this planet, and its a crime to limit the species to nothing more than making certain select familes more wealthy than any emperor on this planet has ever experienced. We are not disposable containers

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    How old are you careful you might have to put yourself down come 44

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    We don’t need to reduce our population. The third world does.

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    And you hear all this crap “we need immigration because lowering birth rates” stop spouting the overpopulation myth. It doesn’t apply to the first world.

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    ‘We don’t need to reduce our population – the third world does’

    That’s the bit of the world using an order of magnitude less resources per capita than the developed world. Have a think about this now. It’s not about population. It’s about resource use. The two are not necessarily dependent on one another. The world could carry three or four times its population if that population consumed at the same rate as India. If we all consumed at the same rate as the USA, we’d need to halve our population to remain sustainable.

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    What a ridiculous statement. it’s the first world, and particularly the USA, that is the problem. Do some reading maybe……
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_carbon_dioxide_emissions_per_capita

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    Probably good he isn’t having kids. Stop that genetic line right there.

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Not ALL humans. Some of us do our best to cherish and care for this beautiful world and its inhabitants.

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Truth. I’ve been saying it for years. Cancer – defective cells that multiply rapidly by destroying healthy surrounding tissue until it eventually kills its host — sounds Iike the perfect description of what Homo sapiens have been doing to the planet.

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Couldn’t agree more. Religion is the desperate attempt to make humans decent which we wouldn’t need if we already were.

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Soon as we created god, we became a plague and a parasite.

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    Don’t be a fool

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    A fool is a person who calls one a name because they lack facts and tact. Not very Christ like attitude. Hmmmm.

    I was a Christian for about forty two years and because of people like you and all the rest of crazy conservative Christians in this nation I walked out. You conservative Christians aren’t very good at making disciples. I’m soooooo glad I left Christianity. 42 years of my life wasted. There is no love , common sense and facts..

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You all know what to do!

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Europeans have destroyed this world. All neo-european settlements are looting the planet, and killing people and wildlife. That’s the plague. Wars for oil and setting up parasitic economies globally is a disease.

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I totally agree! There is NO other species that does NOTHING but destroy planet ? and NOTHING FOR its health.

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Agree with him…since we are working to kill not only ourselves but complete living race

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The nature like people. People who recpect nature…

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David Attenborough the freemason, showing his true colours and support of the NWO and agenda 21 “population control”

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    What do you think ‘Agenda 21’ is about? It isn’t, as you seem to imagine, a global cabal of shadowy elites looking to reduce the worlds population by nefarious means but a deeply prosaic initiative aiming to embed sustainability within local government through the actions of local stakeholders. It’s far more boring than you would imagine. It’s also moribund and has been overtaken by more recent policy initiatives (for example, the ‘Circular Economy’)

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    maybe the govt needs to quit paying people to have babies!

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    you’ve heard of Agenda 21, think bigger. Agenda 21 has already been put in place by most local councils in the western world, including New Zealand. If your local officials talk in terms of “smart communities”, “smart growth” or “sustainability” they are using Agenda 21 phrases. Many large corporations across the world have also adopted Agenda 21 principles.

    But Agenda 2030 goes even further. Seventeen core goals are being rolled out with full implementation of those goals being set down for 2030 – just 15 years away. To speed up implementation, UN member states – including New Zealand – have been asked to ratify those goals in advance, says the UN website:

    “The United Nations General Assembly today approved a resolution sending the draft ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ to Member States for adoption later this month, bringing the international community “to the cusp of decisions that can help realize the… dream of a world of peace and dignity for all,” according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Today is the start of a new era. We have travelled a long way together to reach this turning point,” declared Mr. Ban.”

    “With world leaders expected to adopt the text at a 25-27 September summit in New York, the UN chief said Agenda 2030 aims high, seeking to put people at the centre of development; foster human well-being, prosperity, peace and justice on a healthy planet and pursue respect for the human rights of all people and gender equality. “It speaks to all people in all countries, and calls for action from everyone everywhere.”

    Ban Ki-moon told reporters the first phase of Agenda 2030 will be the adoption of a global climate treaty at Paris in December, with further major announcements rolling out after that.

    “At this month’s Summit, we expect Heads of State and Government to not only endorse the new Agenda but to affirm their strong political commitment to its timely implementation. I am delighted that more than 150 world leaders as well as His Holiness Pope Francis will join us to start this new era for sustainable development, said the UN chief, adding: “We must all now act with utmost ambition – and mobilize maximum political will.”

    The above is in the public arena, although largely unreported. What even fewer people know is the bizarre, spine-tingling backstory to all this that’s been 70 years in the making.

    That backstory is published in the book “Totalitaria”, which draws on official UN document libraries and decades-old news reports to reveal the origins of what the book describes as “a plan to rule the world”.

    The 17 Agenda 2030 goals can only be implemented, you see, through the legal framework of a global governance system, which is why the symbolism of gathered political and church leaders at the UN paying homage this month is so important.

    Most members of the public and the news media see the UN as a secular organisation, but UN documents reveal the organisation believes it has a “spiritual” mission to usher in a new world leader who has yet to reveal themselves. That’s one of the reasons the Pope’s involvement with the UN is significant.

    “No human force will ever be able to destroy the United Nations,” wrote Assistant UN Secretary General Robert Muller in 1994, “for the United Nations is not a mere building or a mere idea; it is not a man-made creation.”

    If you think that’s a strange statement for one of the UN’s topmost officials to make, what followed was a doozy:

    “The United Nations is the vision-light of the Absolute Supreme, which is slowly, steadily and unerringly illuminating the ignorance, the night
    of our human life.

    “The divine success and supreme progress of the United Nations is bound to become a reality. At his choice hour, the Absolute Supreme will
    ring His own victory-bell here on Earth through the loving and serving heart of the United Nations.”

    The full story of what the United Nations really believes its mission is, and what its plans are for the public once global governance is finally in place, is revealed in the book Totalitaria. Also available on Amazon.
    Credit to Ian Wishart, author of “Totalitaria”

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well,,,he can jump off any time …nothing to stop him??

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Don’t blame all of us as a species there are a few that are intent of spoiling the whole bunch.

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He like so many have far to high a opinion about how we shape this world compared to how this world shapes us. All living things including us bow to the will of this planet, even the dumbest of life knows this.

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Let him be the first to go then

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To everyone that says Cats are BAD. I hate CATS! Or Toads are The Bad!
Wake up to the arrogant specie of the human!
Diflection, diflection etc etc……
If a cat ate 100 possums, 200 small marsupial beings, 500 frog beings, 1000 moth beings, in her lifetime.
Well, lessed be that of any human being. The production of their vehicle, their food, their househo.d products have cost far more from mother earth than a cat in australia supposedly eating monumental amounts of wildlife. Most aussies would trap and poison these rodents. Most australians dont even know the unique fauna that tries to live in their homes…especially winter.
Hey ho but blame the cat!
Seriouslry over this debate.

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What a stupid thing to say

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Some countries breed like flies, that,s where the problem is .

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Speak for yourself, buddy!

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Unfollowing your agenda pushing asses

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I agree humans have bred out of control in certain countries. But it is the big gas guzzling polluting business,s who have also ruined this planet. Responsibility for the problems today lay at there filthy rich feet. If you live within your means, create and grow rather than consume, reduce and re-use resources surly there would have been less of the problems we see today. But it is not I or you as an individual that causes the issues it is our governments with there career politicians, huge corporations and bankers whose only thought it seems are there own bank balance…which they place above future human and eco catastrophe.

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So true!! Beautiful planet, shame about the humans ?

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We as a race will eventually kill ourselves one way or another. Then nature will regain her balance (she has to because we’ll be out of the equation) and that’s that. No worries.

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Even the people with the least carbon footprint.

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WOW, talk about your self hating human. He really has a high opinion of his thoughts. Just because he choose to do nothing to lead people to do better, does not mean all humans are a plague.

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    Dipshit, look at his body of work. He’s a NATURALIST, and he’s spent his adult life documenting the intricate balance of symbiotic (look it up) relationships among living species.

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I have very long been saying the exact same thing. The human specie is selfish, greedy, & destructive. Humans have been destroying the planet for hundreds of years, to the point where there is no planetary resource that has not been weakened, decimated, or poisoned. For the relatively few humans who do care about & for, the planet, the situation is heart-rending. The irony is, in the long run, the planet will get rid of humanity, by becoming a totally inhospitable place for human survival. Unfortunately, most, if not all, of the other species in the world will be dead too. And the beautiful planet will no longer be beautiful.

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Well he should give us all a good example and euthanise himself first. Or does he mean non-white humans.

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Get a grip David. If you’re so concerned throw yourself in front of a bus.

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….and I suppose all of you self-loathing people who commented on this post agreeing with Mr. Attenborough are the exception that proves the rule? If not, do something positive for the world and check out.

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    we are doing things, but land cost money so we have to work before we can get the land to be sustainable unfortunatly!

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quit having babies!!!

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Could not agree more!

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There’s nothing controversial in that statement, other than perhaps stretching the definition of “plague” to be more colloquial. Without humans, the entirety of Earth and its other inhabitants would be better off. There’s no debate in this.

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Well, it took him a while to come to that conclusion . But as usual he’s right.

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One of many…

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Sad because it’s true

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Humans are the worst Plague/virus/disease, I’ve been saying this for years.

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Words to live by.

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What a stupid comment from a man whose told half truths and protected the rich elites who have destroyed the planet.
He’s been too timid and then he comes out with garbage like this.
He’s stupid and lazy like most conservationists with their lazy ideas.
It really is meaningless crap.

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Agree so we need to stop prolonging human life and allow humans to die. Medical support should be for supporting people to die pain free or support the persons recovery.

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His doccos are all so magically up-beat about nature and its wonders – never mentions the gruesome bits, and probably narrates over old film stock which couldn’t be obtained now. All for the money and the lifestyle? The will probably use him to narrate and reassure viewers after he is dead – I wouldn’t be surprised at any troll act of the media.

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We are the only species on this planet that many worship a god which has only brought division within the human race. Only species that has turn against each other NOT for the betterment of it’s own future and survival.

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