We all have that major celebrity crush with someone that has the power to change the world, and mine is without a doubt, David Attenborough. The British broadcaster and natural historian has been conducting various interviews with the BBC and other news channels about the future of our planet and let me tell you, we’re confident he has become the ideal spokesperson.
David Attenborough is best known for writing and presenting natural history documentary series such as Life, as well as Blue Planet and the latest series Dynasties on 5 vulnerable endangered species.
In a recent interview with BBC Newsnight, the broadcaster discussed the state and the future prospect of the world’s environment and how the population growth might have something to do with it.
Watch a clip of the interview here:
The 92-year-old believes that the reason why the population increase will soon come to an end is because the life expectancy has increased immensely. This is, according to him, key to saving the planet, with people living longer and reproducing at a much lower rate.
According to the UN, roughly 83 million people are added to the world’s population each year thanks to modern and advanced medicine and better nutrition. But while fertility levels are dropping, the overall trend of the population is having an immense impact on the environment.
Between 1993 and 2014, sea levels have risen by 66mm, and global warming is seriously worrying the natural historian. But the British icon is confident that there is still time to save the planet, but people have to come together and act collectively in order for coastal cities such as New York to not be submerged by the end of the century.
“Now for the first time in 12,000 years we must face an unstable and unpredictable planet at exactly the time we are placing our greatest demands on it. We can still stabilize our planet once more. But there’s not much time. It will require significant global co-operation on issues like population growth, climate change and the management of our oceans. We will need to confront difficult questions like meat consumption and the deployment of new technologies,” he explained at the World Wildlife Fund’s State of the Planet last year.
A new collaboration between David and Netflix is about to premiere in April of this year called “Our Planet”, in which he will be discussing the beauty and fragility of our natural world. The 8 part series is going to take viewers on a journey of discovery in the hope to inspire hundreds of millions of people across the world about the amazing sights of planet Earth and why it’s important we work together to save it. This will be Sir David’s first collaboration with Netflix after his long years working alongside Sky and BBC.
What are your thoughts on David Attenborough’s positive thinking about the future of the planet? Will slower reproduction rates and higher awareness thanks to his tv shows fix the way we treat our own planet? We would love to know what you think in the comments below.
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