A conservation charity has apologised and deleted a video message by Sir David Attenborough in which images of Asian and white people are used in calling for lower population growth.
The video showed Asian people bathing in a river and then showed bigger crowds of white people. In his voiceover, Sir David says we should “stabilise the human population as low as we fairly can” to save the planet.
Other versions of the same video with the same message are still available online but they show only white people when Sir David talks of population growth.
WWF UK republished the video on Twitter on Friday, which was World Environment Day. It deleted it hours later and posted a message saying: “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.”