In an interview, Sir David Attenborough says the Corona virus is not the worst danger we face, but the state of the environment: ‘Even the worst outcomes of the Covid-19 pandemic are nothing on the scale of what is eventually feared will be the catastrophic implications of climate change’ (Joe Shute, “‘This will be serious, but we need a sense of proportion”’, Sunday Telegraph, March 22, 2020).

In other words, people might be dying, but an even worse situation would be people not dying, for as he has made clear elsewhere, it is people that are the problem. Discussing his latest film on Netflix, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, he laments the lack of ‘urgency’ shown by ‘governments’ towards ‘climate change’, although he can scarcely complain of being silenced on the issue: last year ‘he addressed world and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davis’, and ‘is regularly invited to address shareholders of large businesses and, recently, the Bank of England’, warning that it will ‘“take political and economic revolutions”’ to address the problem.

Perhaps he has China in mind, where for decades, under a draconian population control programme, the Communist government has carried out forcible sterilisations and abortions, dangerously skewing the population with sex-selective abortions that have wiped out millions of females and is causing an economic slowdown (‘Beijing fears record low birth rate with slow economy’, Telegraph, January 18, 2020).

Of course, China was where the Corona virus originated, and where even more draconian measures have been put in place to combat it – including against Dr Li Wenliang, who first raised the alarm, and has since, according to those same authorities, ‘died of the virus’.

Sir David believes that governments are reluctant to tackle ‘climate change’ because the new pandemic ‘“is about dying tomorrow”’, while with the environmental ‘emergency’, ‘“we’re talking about my grandchildren dying.”’ And yet when asked ‘which species he most laments the demise of’, his ‘voice lowers’ and he mentions the orang-utans of Borneo, whose ‘populations have roughly halved’ and whose ‘habitat has been decimated by at least 55 per cent in just 20 years, largely for palm oil production.’

The death of orang-utans is indeed bad for mankind, but so are the deaths of humans, but for many years, thanks to his work with major abortion  provider Marie Stopes International, he has been closely involved in curbing their numbers – especially the numbers of black Africans. In fact, he has described human beings as a ‘“plague”’ on the Planet, suggesting that he is more worried about what people are doing to the Planet – that they will ‘do for’ the Planet – than what the Corona virus or even the climate will do to people.

Just before the emergence of Covid-19, his fellow environmentalist Chris Packham opined that epidemics used to keep human numbers under control, but that ‘“world population”’ was ‘“rising too fast and damaging the environment”’, suggesting in a Radio Times interview that ‘“measles, mumps, malaria and smallpox are there to regulate the world’s population”’ (Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, ‘The Surgery: Population poser’, Telegraph, January 27, 2020). Far from being sidelined for such views, Packham was given a prime-time slot on BBC 1 to present the documentary 7.7 Billion People and Counting. Perhaps the BBC will amend the title if they repeat it, although they may be in no hurry to do so.

Unlike Attenborough and Packham, the Corona virus is ‘targeting’ old people, but this demographic has been demonised in recent years as ‘the ageing population’, accused not only of hogging houses and blocking hospital beds, but for ‘ruining the Planet’, and their portrayal as burdens with no intrinsic value has encouraged some of them to embrace the ‘right to die’. But the real problem is that older generations had too few children to keep the welfare state – let alone the Planet – running; and the reason that many did not have more children was that they believed the Planet was suffering from ‘overpopulation’.

And the chief cheerleader for population control has been 93-year-old Sir David Attenborough. Now seen as a ‘national treasure’, his role in the destruction of motherhood shows that he is hardly the perfect personality to lecture other people about the destruction of Mother Earth on Mother’s Day, having made it brutally clear that human life is not to be treasured but to be treated like rubbish – as disposable as the plastic waste that he deplores for ruining the purity of the oceans. His role in the destruction of babies shows how deeply he really feels about the future of mankind.

However, babies do not pollute the oceans or destroy the rain forest, and they may be the ones to solve the problems of the environment and even Corona virus, thus his days as sage to the nation may be numbered; with  more and more people now beginning to realise that the ‘catastrophic implications ‘ of his battle against ‘the climate emergency’ would be even more devastating to economic and social life than combating the virus – and with even more human beings dying – the days of the Great Climate Change Scare may also be numbered.