Sir David Attenborough said future generations face less healthy lives
The presenter is not optimistic about the future and thinks that in 100 years people will look back at a world that was less crowded and happier
Sir David Attenborough has suggested it is irresponsible to have a large family in today’s overcrowded world.
The veteran natural history broadcaster warned that future generations face less happy and healthy lives as resources become increasingly stretched and natural wonders disappear.
He even appeared to voice support for China’s brutal one-child policy, saying the country had recognised it would have too many mouths to feed if it did not impose restrictions of family size.
Sir David, 87, was speaking ahead of his new two-part documentary David Attenborough’s Rise Of Animals: Triumph Of The Vertebrates, which will start on September 20 on BBC2.
Addressing the controversial theme of the one-child policy, he said: ‘It’s the degree to which it has been enforced which is terrible, and there’s no question it’s produced all kinds of personal tragedies. There’s no question about that.
‘On the other hand, the Chinese themselves recognise that had they not done so there would be several million more mouths in the world today than there are now.’
Sir David, who has two children, added: ‘If you were able to persuade people that it is irresponsible to have large families in this day and age, and if material wealth and material conditions are such that people value their materialistic life and don’t suffer as a consequence, then that’s all to the good
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