At 95 years outdated, Sir David Attenborough continues to be actively advocating for the setting. The British naturalist has spent his life finding out nature and mixing this data along with his distinctive perspective as a broadcaster. In current years, his message has elevated in urgency as valuable ecosystems and species vanish. In 2021, a analysis vessel named RRS Sir David Attenborough in his honor launched. Now, Attenborough is receiving an extra excessive honor—the Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award from UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
The worldwide award was introduced to Attenborough for “his dedication to research, documentation, and advocacy for the protection of nature and its restoration,” based on UNEP’s press launch. The esteemed filmmaker started broadcasting his love of nature 70 years in the past, bringing nature to the lots. He was an necessary determine from the inception of the environmental motion. This yr is historic in a number of respects; it’s the fiftieth anniversary of the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, a pivotal second.
Attenborough is understood for his nine-part Life collection, in addition to newer movies reminiscent of The Green Planet and A Plastic Ocean. UNEP particularly factors to his broad attain and magnetic talents to affect individuals by way of the medium of movie. His voice is a well-known one to many. Despite his wealthy information base, his final message is a straightforward one: the planet wants us to return collectively and care. “The world has to get together. These problems cannot be solved by one nation—no matter how big that single nation is. We know what the problems are and we know how to solve them. All we lack is unified action,” he mentioned upon receipt of the award. He cites whales being pulled again from the brink of extinction for instance of how humanity can attain throughout borders in collective motion. There continues to be an opportunity to save lots of the Earth, Attenborough emphasizes throughout his many speeches and movies. “All we need is the will to do so.”