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Sir David Attenborough still has hope for the future of the planet

Friday, December 28th 2018 - 08:49 UTC
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If human beings turn ”attentions to looking after other things as well, which it is equally good at, if it bothers to do so, then there is hope.” If human beings turn ”attentions to looking after other things as well, which it is equally good at, if it bothers to do so, then there is hope.”

Sir David Attenborough says he still has “hope” for the future of the planet. But the Blue Planet and Dynasties narrator says that human beings have to turn their gaze away from themselves.

The naturalist and broadcaster, 92, was asked whether society would exist on Earth in just a few hundred years.

“I don’t think it will be uninhabitable,” he tells The Arts Hour.

“Almost certainly it won’t be as rich as it was. The question is, how poor will it be. ”

Sir David tells the BBC World Service program: “Human beings are the most adaptable organism that has ever appeared on the planet and is extraordinarily resourceful, and very good at looking after itself.

“If it turns its attentions to looking after other things as well, which it is equally good at, if it bothers to do so, then there is hope.”

But he adds: “I think it’s unlikely that my great grandchildren will ever see what I was able to see when I was wondering around the Earth in Borneo or wherever else 50 years ago.”

The much-loved broadcaster said that children’s innate curiosity was a “precious treasure”.

“There is not a child born that, if it sees a snail for the first time crawling up a window pane, doesn’t think, what on earth is that? How does it stick on? What does it feed on? Look at the underside… What is it doing?

“Of course every child born is born with a curiosity for the natural world. If you lose that thing that you started off with, you’ve lost really one of the most precious treasures you have. Your life is the poorer.”

And he says: “The paradox is, that we may be the most overcrowded people that have ever lived in history but in fact we get a wider view of the world than ever before. The world now on television is viewed all the time.”

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  • Chicureo

    A very nice man who makes some very entertaining documentaries, but the future of the planet is not in the danger he preaches.

    Dec 28th, 2018 - 02:21 pm 0
  • The Voice

    David preaches population control, whilst all politicos seem to preach economic growth. I'm totally with David starting here in the UK. We are our own worst enemy.

    Dec 28th, 2018 - 04:58 pm 0
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