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Sir David Attenborough thinks his generation ‘muffed’ chance to save natural world: ‘The world belongs to young people’


Sir David Attenborough’s latest documentary looks at the change he’s seen in the world (Picture: Danny Martindale/WireImage)

Sir David Attenborough has shared his belief his generation ‘muffed’ its chance on the natural world, saying ‘the world belongs to young people’.

As millennials protest around the world in the fight against climate change, and to preserve the natural world, at-risk habitats and species close to extinction, Sir David has praised the efforts by those such as Greta Thunberg and co.

When asked by Metro.co.uk earlier this year ahead of the release of the nature historian’s latest effort, A Life On Our Planet, about the likes of teen campaigner Greta and the younger generation’s activism, he said: ‘The world belongs to young people.

‘I’ve had my go, the people who will live in the world that I’ve had a hand in creating are the young people and they don’t have a vote until they’re 18. So how do they make it clear to those in power that they have a view on these matters and what the view is? And so while they’re doing that, they have every right to do so.’

He went on: ‘I’ve had my chance and muffed it perhaps, my generation really has muffed it. But the younger generation is very, very passionate and concerned about the next 60, 70 years that’s facing them and how else are they to do it?

‘And when you get government and big business palpably ignoring the demands of the natural world, how can you make that clear that you don’t approve?

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‘I think they have every right to make themselves heard. To what degree you break the law is a different issue altogether.’

The 94-year-old has become known for his documentaries over the past 60 years, travelling the globe to highlight the state of the environment and its beings.

A Life On Our Planet takes a look at what Sir David has personally seen for the first time, as the broadcaster reflects upon the devastating changes he has witnessed during his career travelling the world’s habitats.

Filmed by Silverback Films and global environmental organisation WWF, it is a powerful first-hand account from Sir David of humanity’s impact on nature – and a message of hope for future generations.

Greta Thunberg has been leading the younger generation in fighting against climate change (Picture: AFP)

His message has never been stronger, however, as he shared his fears that humanity was ‘at a crossroads’ when it came to the survival of the natural world – and the consequences ‘could be apocalyptic’.

He told press: ‘Without being too portentous on this, I think humanity is at a crossroads and I think the natural world is really under serious, serious threat, and the consequences could be apocalyptic.

‘I think that I’ve had an extraordinarily fortunate life, I’ve worked for 60 years, making natural history films and it so happens, by happenstance, during those 60 years there have been greater changes between man and the natural world, for 1,000 years…I’ve been a witness to extraordinary, important changes in the relationship between the natural world and humanity and the world is facing serious problems.’

That’s not to say humanity is screwing things up by not tending to that veggie patch, or eschewing flights in order to single-handledly save the environment.

To Sir David, while being wasteful ‘is the sin’, we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves.

He said: ‘We’re all damaging the environment just by sitting here and breathing. The amount of carbon dioxide that is going out through the window as a consequence of us meeting here is significant. And do we always say, “Now was that really worthwhile, you spending that breath?” If you behave economically and sensibly, I don’t think you should feel guilty if it’s cost you some ergs from your engine to get you from A to B.’

Following our interview, Sir David later addressed the impact of Covid-19, hoping humanity can come on the other side ‘having experienced a shared threat and found a sense that we are all in it together’.

He went on: ‘The same unique brains and communication skills that fuelled the development of our civilisations now have access to technologies and institutions that allow all nations of the world to collaborate and cooperate should we choose to do so.

‘The time for pure national interests has passed. If we are to tackle climate change, enable sustainable development and restore biodiversity, then internationalism has to be our approach. In doing so, we must bring about a greater equality between what nations take from the world and what they give back. The wealthier nations have taken a lot and the time has now come to give.’

David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet is released in cinemas September 28, featuring an exclusive conversation with Sir David Attenborough and Sir Michael Palin. The film launches on Netflix October 4.

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