David Attenborough is a national treasure and when he’s no longer here (a terrible thought to bear) there should be a public holiday named in his honour.
No, that’s not just me trying to get an extra day off work, it’s just that the man has become the voice for conservationists, highlighting the importance of nature preservation and the effects of global warming to generation after generation.
But the fact is that Sir – shouldn’t forget that bit – Dave is getting on nowadays.
Speaking to The Guardian, the 92-year-old discussed his mortality and how he probably doesn’t have long left to try and prevent a climate catastrophe.
He said: “I’m just coming up to 93, and so I don’t have many more years around here. I find it difficult to think beyond that as the signs aren’t good.”
F*cking ell. We’ve broken Sir David Attenborough.
The man usually sounds like he’s tucking into the most delicious Cherry Bakewell and now he sounds like he’s admitted defeat. What a sad day.
The Our Planet host explained that he “can’t bear” to think about the world in which his great-grandchildren will live because “we have done terrible things” to the earth.
However, in the interview, David also praised young activists, such as Greta Thunberg, for taking the future into their own hands and trying to stop the seemingly inevitable demise of our planet.
“Their outrage is certainly justified, there is no doubt about that. There will be cynics who try to dismiss [the school strikers] and say they don’t understand the world and how it works.”
“Young people may lack experience but they also have clear sight.
“They can see perhaps more clearly than the rest of us who have been around for some time.”
“My generation is no great example for understanding – we have done terrible things. If we are not making progress with young people we are done.”
Furthermore, he spoke about climate change protests, describing them as “encouraging”.
“That is the one big reason I have for feeling we are making progress. If we were not making progress with young people, we are done”, he said.
This comes after the news that thanks to the Knight of the Realm, people have cut their single-use plastic consumption by 53 per cent.
Because of his campaigns and documentaries, people and companies alike are trying to limit their plastic packaging usage, with a recent report stating that people are being more considered in general when it comes to plastic packaging due to his teachings.
As GlobalWebIndex have it, 82% of people surveyed in the UK believe that, because they’re vigilant about the environment, sustainable packaging is important.
Conversely, the importance of sustainability and affordability of products differs between age groups, with older generations saying that they’re more swayed by price when it comes to purchases.
People aged between 55 and 64 believe affordability is more important than sustainability, compared to people aged 16-24, who focus more on sustainability.
Hopefully we’ve still got a good few years of David left on our screens.
His hugely popular Our Planet show is currently on Netflix and will continue to be so for the next four years.
According to BBC bosses, viewers will also hear David narrate science-led series Perfect Planet next year while he’s set to voice Frozen Planet II, which will air in 2021, and then Planet Earth III the following year, 2022.
What a work ethic he has. Puts me to shame.
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