Scientist Paul Ehrlich, who has made multiple failed predictions, made yet another apocalyptic prediction Sunday about the future of civilization.
Ehrlich told “60 Minutes” that “the next few decades will be the end of the kind of civilization we’re used to.”
“The next few decades will be the end of the kind of civilization we’re used to.”
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“I know there’s no political will to do any of the things that I’m concerned with, which is exactly why I and the vast majority of my colleagues think we’ve had it; that the next few daces will be the end of the kind of civilization we’re used to,” Ehrlich said.
This isn’t the first time he’s set out to make doomsday predictions.
Ehrlich predicted in his 1968 book ”The Population Bomb” that the 1970’s would be hellish and would require population control measures to fight overpopulation.
“The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death.” (RELATED: Heretics From History Forecasted The Apocalypse For 2023)
His predictions set off a wave of alarm about overpopulation, leading to the adoption of forced sterilization and other population control measures — including China’s one-child policy. Ehrlich, however, said he believed that such measures should be government-promoted but voluntary.
In 1970, he wrongly predicted that “in 10 years all important animal life in the sea [would] be extinct.” One year later he made a daring bet that “England [would] not exist in the year 2000.”
Ehrlich also predicted that air pollution would claim approximately 200,000 lives in 1973 in “smog disasters” in both New York and Los Angeles.
He went on to predict that between 1980 and 1989, approximately four billion people, including 65 million Americans would die in the “Great Die-Off.”