David Attenborough
David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough has become a patron of an organisation that campaigns to limit the number of people in the world.

The television presenter and naturalist said that he joined Optimum Population Trust (OPT) because the increase in population was having devastating effects on ecology, pollution and food production.

“I’ve seen wildlife under mounting human pressure all over the world and it’s not just from human economy or technology – behind every threat is the frightening explosion in human numbers,” Sir David said.  “I’ve never seen a problem that wouldn’t be easier to solve with fewer people, or harder, and ultimately impossible, with more.”

OPT’s goal is to use education and policy to lower the world’s population.

OPT supports family-planning worldwide, education and equal rights for women, and a program that would encourage families to have no more than two children for the sake of the environment.  The group believes that, with the right policies, the global population could level out at 8 billion by 2050, rather than the predicted 9.1 billion.but that a population of just 5.1 billion would be sustainable.