“In the event that I would be reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation.”—Prince Philip of England, patron of the World Wildlife Fund, environmentalist
“World population must be stabilized, and to do that we must eliminate 350,000 people per day.”—Jacques Cousteau, famous oceanographer, producer of The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, environmentalist
“A total population of 250–300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.”—Ted Turner, founder of CNN, patron of the United Nations Foundation, environmentalist
“… my chief quarrel with DDT, in hindsight, is that it has greatly added to the population problem” by saving millions of lives—Alexander King, founder of the Club of Rome, environmentalist
Humans “are a plague on the earth” and “behind every threat [to wildlife] is the frightening explosion in human numbers.”—Sir David Attenborough, documentary filmmaker behind Life on Earth and many more, senior manager at BBC, environmentalist
“We have grown in number to the point where our presence is perceptibly disabling the planet like a disease.”—James Lovelock, originator of the Gaia hypothesis, author of Ages of Gaia and The Revenge of Gaia, environmentalist
Think such views are only at the lunatic fringe of the environmental movement? Think again.
Every person quoted here is highly respected in the mainstream environmental movement. And the litany could go on and on. Biologist Paul Ehrlich calls people, in his book titles, The Population Bomb and The Population Explosion and compares us with cancer. Demographer Kingsley Davis, who coined the term “population explosion,” calls us the “population plague.” Prominent Associated Press environmental reporter Seth Borenstein calls us “people pollution.”
With such attitudes toward people dominant among leading environmentalists, it’s no wonder that environmental organizations have become notorious for trampling on people’s rights to life, liberty, and property.
Whether by driving indigenous peoples off their native lands (killing some Ugandans and Hondurans, among others) to form nature preserves or plant “carbon offsets,” letting malaria kill 1 million people a year, or using compulsory sterilization and forced abortions to fight population growth, as China has done with its one-child policy and President Obama’s science advisor John Holdren has recommended, environmentalism as a whole—regardless of exceptions among individual environmentalists—has earned the name “fatal cult of anti-humanism,” as Robert Zubrin put it in the subtitle of Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Anti-Humanism.