He told the Radio Times: "It's not just climate change. It's sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now."
Are we 'meant to be here', as quoted in the Desiderata. If so, should the human race go on expanding until it takes over the rest of the natural world? China's policy of cutting the population by limiting the number of children per family showed common sense. They are about to revise that rule. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because the nation is now wealthy.
Sir David Attenborough says, "Until humanity manages to sort itself out and get a co-ordinated view about the planet, it's (hunger in Ethiopia) going to get worse and worse."
Plague from the Encarta dictionary: ...spreads rapidly through the population, killing a great many people. ... an affliction or extremely troublesome thing.
From the bible: And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. - King James Bible "Authorized Version", Pure Cambridge Edition.
English standard version: Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Maybe it's all about balance. If man has dominion over the other creatures, shouldn't we care for them as well as our brothers and sisters? How can an ordinary aging woman influence events worldwide? Perhaps thoughts will have an impact.