A conservation charity has apologised and deleted a video in which Sir David Attenborough talks about controlling population growth while images of Asian people were shown.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) UK shared footage of people bathing in a river as Sir David, 94, urges listeners to ‘stabilise the human population.’

Viewers claimed the clip unfairly blamed people of colour on a growing population.

The WWF deleted the video hours later and issued an apology on Twitter. 

Their statement read: ‘Earlier today we shared a video that could appear to support a narrative that people of colour are responsible for the pressures of a growing world population. 

‘This is not our intent at all. We have deleted the video and apologise – we will do better.’



The video was shared on WWF UK’s social media last week to promote the Netflix series Our Planet, which Sir David made with the help of WWF.

Speaking to The Times on Thursday, Sir David said that he couldn’t remember if he watched the highly-criticised version of the clip.

Asked if population growth discussions should be illustrated with images of black and white people, he replied: ‘It’s such a sensitive question, so subject to nuance that I really can’t, without knowing what I’m talking about … comment.’

Other versions of the same video with the same message are still available online but they show white people and people of colour when Sir David talks of population growth.

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