An Open Letter David Attenborough: Exposing Overpopulation as the Causes Climate Change

Sir David Attenborough. Copyright BBC 2019.
  • this highly problematic video (2011) which includes the quotes ‘We now know the disasters that continue to inflict the natural world have one element that connects them all… The unprecedented increase in the number of humans beings on the planet.’, ‘It needs actions by governments. In my view, all countries should develop a population policy’, and finally a prompt for a room full of powerful people to also start pushing the overpopulation agenda.
  • this clip in you say ‘I have no doubt that the fundamental source of all our problems, particularly our environmental problems, is population growth. I can’t think of a single problem that would be easier to solve if there were less people.’
  • this recent interview (September 2020) in which you said “we’ve overrun it’, when talking about Earth.
  • this video by WWF, where you state ‘stabalise the human population as low as we fairly can’ whilst images of people of colour flash across the screen. WWF later deleted the video, and apologized for the overt racism.

Overpopulation and Climate Change.

Problems Contributing to Climate Change that aren’t Overpopulation, and How to Fix Them.

  • Capitalism and Wealth Disparity
  • Negligible Governments and Businesses
  • Fossil Fuels and Green House Gas Emissions
  • Industrial Agriculture
  • Dismantle Capitalism and Distribute Wealth
  • Accountability and Environmental Justice.
  • Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Investment in Renewable Energy
  • Regenerative Agriculture and Permaculture

Climate Issue: Capitalism and Wealth Disparity

Climate Solution: Dismantle Capitalism and Distribute Wealth

  1. Oppressive to women and marginalized people because they uphold patriarchy, white supremacy, ableism, and heteronormativity.
  2. Extractive to the Earth’s resources in pursuit of profit.
  3. Enable a cycle of wealth disparity that makes the rich richer and poor poorer.

Climate Problem: Negligible Governments and Businesses

Climate Solution: Accountability and Environmental Justice

Climate Problem: Fossil Fuels and Green House Gas Emissions

  • Emissions rose by 60% between 1990 to 2015.
  • The increase in emissions from the richest 1% (those earning over $100,000 per year) was three times greater than the increase in emissions from the poorest half of the global population.
  • The richest 10% of the global population (those earning $35,000 per year) are responsible for 52% of global emissions over the 25-year period.

Climate Solution: Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Investment in Renewable Energy.

Climate Problem: Industrial Agriculture

Climate Solution: Regenerative Agriculture and Permaculture.

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Activist and organizer with Greenpeace Vancouver. Writes about climate and social justice, fossil fuel fuckery, feminism and greenwashing.

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Chelsea Webster

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Activist and organizer with Greenpeace Vancouver. Writes about climate and social justice, fossil fuel fuckery, feminism and greenwashing.

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