Bindi Irwin, the 14-year-old daughter of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, is caught up in a spat with the editors of Hillary Clinton’s e-journal.
The young conservationist, who has risen to fame in the U.S. with her own animal show and eco-fashion line, was invited by the editors to write an article for the December issue of Mrs Clinton’s e-journal titled Go Wild Coming Together for Conservation as part of the Secretary of State’s endangered species initiative.
Irwin’s 1,000 word piece about how a growing human population was the greatest threat to conservation efforts was apparently too much for editors; who reportedly edited out all references to population in the butchered copy sent back.
“It’s interesting that she was asked to write an essay about the environment and included the consideration of population (growth) and they returned her essay edited and completely edited that out,” mother Terri Irwin told News.com.au.
“So Bindi wrote to Hillary Clinton’s organisation and said ‘what happened to freedom of speech? This is my opinion and I don’t want that edited out’.”
Unfortunately, neither side budged – and Bindi eventually decided to withhold her article from publication.
Her spat with the U.S. State Department over the population crisis comes on the heels of Sir David Attenborough making similar statements about humanity’s rising numbers.
“We are a plague on the Earth. It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. 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,” he told the Radio Times.
“We keep putting on programmes about famine in Ethiopia; that’s what’s happening. Too many people there. They can’t support themselves — and it’s not an inhuman thing to say. It’s the case. Until humanity manages to sort itself out and get a coordinated view about the planet it’s going to get worse and worse.”