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Hay festival 2010: Overpopulation fears nonsense, says author Fred Pearce

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Patrick Barkham
London Guardian
June 3, 2010

Sir David Attenborough, Jonathon Porritt, Jeremy Irons and other “doomsters” are talking “dangerous nonsense” about the threat of overpopulation, according to the environmental writer Fred Pearce.

Speaking at the Hay festival, Pearce said that the global population “timebomb” was being defused by some of the world’s poorest women, thanks to the impact of feminism in Muslim, Christian, secular, developed and developing countries across the world.

Irons, the actor who recently told the Sunday Times “there are just too many of us”, and other environmentalists such as Attenborough and Porritt, who are patrons of the Optimum Population Trust, are modern-day Malthusians, according to Pearce, who fail to see that overconsumption, not overpopulation, is what really imperils the planet.

“I believe they are talking dangerous nonsense. The population timebomb is being defused, fast,” Pearce told the festival.

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