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  1. TIN January 22, 2012 at 11:00 am |

    William, I wouldn’t say David A. is an expert in ecology. I saw him aboard a trawler while filming one of his documentaries.

  2. JimM January 21, 2012 at 9:08 pm |

    Perhaps he needs to look at who exactly is responsible for most of the habitat loss & deforestation. The indigenous people living in these forests, indeed practicing slash & burn agriculture do not qualify as the destroyers, isn’t it the illegal [& legal] loggers and the merchants that they supply [and the consumers that buy products made from that wood]as well as the mining companies and the ranchers & road builders.
    I agree that population is a major factor, and yes, education is important as is all the work of groups such as Planned Parenthood.
    Attenborough’s solution is simplistic in the extreme.

  3. William Meurer January 21, 2012 at 3:01 am |

    Having met David Attenborough a number of years ago and being familiar with his record, it is my opinion that he is today without question one of the most experienced and knowledgable humans on Mother Earth that is intimately familiar with the myriad of other living creatures that we live with.

    To say that the current rate of extinction of these other creatures through loss of habitat, etc. is so severe that a sort of triage that culls humanity by this man is simply an indication of the dire circumstance we find ourselves in.

    The most appropriate recommendation made by Mr. Attenborough is 3rd world contraception for women. This must include massive investment in womens education (and mens) about the need to reduce births and provide ways to assist people to survive without the income that is often provided by children. The solution that isn’t looked at here is the development of natural energy as is described in the video of THriveMovement. Cheap energy would relive all people of the burden and emissions fossil fuel energy. Trading carbon credits has always been an extension of the dysfunctional world financial system.

  4. dave wallace January 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm |

    I’m not an advocate of the Attenborough’s but I have to say that he is on the right-track. People who just want to burn it down and use it are uneducated, this inevitably leads to destruction on a huge scale. I hate the idea of mountain bikes being used on land, their tyre’s dredging up the paths and walkways, it really is irresponsible to say the least. So, protecting the land/forests can only be a ‘good thing’ as in the end we can look back and be thankful that we have preserved them.
    Not too sure about huge corporations buying it all up though; they seem to be incapable of doing good unless there is profit involved. Even then it’s a crap-shoot! We are heading for disaster with or without large companies dipping into their pockets, as the core is starting to become frantic, we can only hope that land masses stay put, otherwise we could be looking at major destruction on a global scale. Personally, I think it is a little-too-late…

  5. Jenny January 20, 2012 at 8:50 pm |

    Jane Goodall is also a member sadly, but at least she’s hasn’t been blah blahing as much.

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