Sir David Attenborough, viewed by many as a national treasure, has issued a dark warning to humankind in a recent interview; according to the naturalist, we need to change our ways or life will simply get "worse and worse".
A cheery thought there, Sir David.
The famous documentary-maker, who is set to launch new series David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities next week, explained in an interview with Radio Times that humans have become nothing short of a "plague" on this planet:
“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.”
“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.”
We wonder if Sir David Attenborough's words of warning will go unheeded?