The Verge quotes Sir David Attenborough, the 86 year old narrator of definitive BBC documentaries Planet Earth, and Life, saying that humanity is a plague. "If we do not limit our population growth, the natural world will do it for us and the natural world is doing it for us right now," he says.
The interview first appeared in Radio Times magazine.
My first thought was to recall Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), from the movie, "The Matrix" who is speaking to Morpheus near the end of the film, when he says,
“I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area, and you multiply, and multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet, you are a plague, and we are the cure.” (The Matrix)
It sounds harsh, but I'm glad that as a monk, I have no children, who if they existed, would have to cope with the already-consumed and spoiled world that this generation has left them. Is it too late to prevent global catastrophes? Many informed voices say it is.