CNN is advising that unless Americans have “fewer children,” up to a million species could go extinct.
The network’s advice came while reporting on a United Nations report that predicted human activity will spark mass species extinctions within decades.
CNN spoke with controversial Stanford biologist, Paul Ehrlich, who infamously predicted in the 1960s that overpopulation would result in a mass starvation that would claim hundreds of millions of lives by the 1970s.
"For a species that named itself homo sapiens, the wise man, we’re being incredibly stupid," Ehlrich told CNN. "The other organisms on the planet are our life support systems. You don’t have to worry about them if you don’t care about eating, if you don’t care about breathing, if you don’t care about having fresh water and so on. Then you can just forget about it and die."
CNN’s Nick Watt echoed some on the far left, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who blame people having babies for environmental problems.
“As for our rapidly dwindling biodiversity, these experts claim it’s the 11th hour. We must act now, consuming less, polluting less, having fewer children,” Watt said. “One eighth of all animal and plant species on Earth now at risk of extinction because of us. And as this report states, nature is essential for human existence.”
The CNN segment closed with another warning — that President Trump is actively worsening these threats.
“Donald Trump, of course, has vowed to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement and he recently tweeted this: ‘The whole climate crisis is not only fake news, it’s fake science. There is no climate crisis,’” Watt reported. “So will the president listen to a climate skeptic on ‘Fox & Friends’ or will he listen to the 145 global experts who just put this report together? Well, John and Alisyn, we’ll just have to wait and see.”
“I think we know the answer,” CNN’s anchors, Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, both responded.