Eco-Extremist Wants World Population to Drop below 1 Billion
Apparently, saving the whales is more important than saving 5.5 billion people. Paul Watson, founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and famous for militant intervention to stop whalers, now warns mankind is âacting like a virusâ and is harming Mother Earth.
Watsonâs May 4 editorial asked the question âThe Beginning of the End for Life as We Know it on Planet Earth?â Then he left no doubt about the answer. âWe are killing our host the planet Earth,â he claimed and called for a population drop to less than 1 billion.
The commentary reminded readers that Watson had called humans a disease before and he wasnât sorry. âI was once severely criticized for describing human beings as being the âAIDS of the Earth.â I make no apologies for that statement,â the column continued.
Watson was invoking the worst of Robert Malthus, an English political economist who claimed that mankind was overpopulating the earth. That claimed first appeared in the late 1700s. Watson urged some solutions for mankind as part of a process to âneed to re-wild the planetâ:
Âˇ âNo human community should be larger than 20,000 people and separated from other communities by wilderness areas.â
Âˇ âWe need vast areas of the planet where humans do not live at all and where other species are free to evolve without human interference.â
Âˇ âWe need to radically and intelligently reduce human populations to fewer than one billion.â
Âˇ âSea transportation should be by sail. The big clippers were the finest ships ever built and sufficient to our needs. Air transportation should be by solar powered blimps when air transportation is necessary.â
Âˇ At least Watson was generous and said people could still talk with one another across great distances. âCommunication systems can link the communities,â he proclaimed from on high.
The Watson rant kept on going calling for everything from cutting down on the population of domesticated dogs and cats to cutting down on everything else in what he called âsimplify, simplify, simplify.â
Watson essentially called for humans to return to primitive lifestyles. âWe need to stop flying, stop driving cars, and jetting around on marine recreational vehicles. The Mennonites survive without cars and so can the rest of us.â