David Attenborough, Television & Radio, Environment

David Attenborough, Television & Radio

Nature can be source of solace in crisis, says David Attenborough

Nature can be source of solace in crisis, says David Attenborough

3/30/2020 4:50:00 AM

Nature can be source of solace in crisis, says David Attenborough

Broadcaster says in magazine interview that if we damage nature ‘we damage ourselves’

Speaking about the climate, the broadcaster and naturalist, 93, said the world was at an unprecedented point.He told Big Issue magazine: “In times of crisis, the natural world is a source of both joy and solace. The natural world produces the comfort that can come from nothing else. And we are part of the natural world. If we damage the natural world, we damage ourselves.”

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He also said he had cause for hope: “Kids these days are knowledgeable, aware of what’s happening, and are concerned. They are vocal. I haven’t known a generation of children that could be placed alongside these today.”He said of the environment: “We’re in an unprecedented situation. We know quite a lot about the history of the world. We go back 500m years and there is no species with anything like the power Homo sapiens has over the natural world.

“There is nothing remotely like the situation we’re in at the moment. There’s no moral to be taken from what happened in the past. We’ve got a completely blank sheet of paper in front of us.“The plain fact is that every mouthful of food you eat comes from the natural world. There’s no food that nourishes you that doesn’t come from the natural world. Every lungful of air that you take is refined by the natural world, oxygen breathed out by plants. If you can’t breathe and you can’t eat, you don’t exist.”

Attenborough was interviewed by the magazine in early March, before the UK went into lockdown.He said: “Problems are short-term and long-term … the short-term we deal with and the long-term ‘we’ll do tomorrow’. But tomorrow never comes. And then suddenly we discover it’s too late.”

The full interview is in the current edition of Big Issue. Vendors are unable to sell it on the streets because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the publication and its beneficiaries can be supported via subscription. Read more: The Guardian »

What makes DavidAttenborough think the world measures in kilometers ? He makes progs for UK and USA, both use miles but he can understand that! stupid or just arrogant Here’s a pic I drew of your brother 'cept victoria park got closed so the nearest i get now is a lion bar... When I'm stuck in the house, surrounded by the glories of nature and restricted to one walk a day with the dog. The last thing I want is advice from the Curmudgeon in Chief!

ivor's thoughts precisely - But most of the humans do not show any interest in saving the environment. In their love for enjoying consumer culture they destroy great things of Nature. Little dude was on my windowsill many years ago, and was good enough to pose for me. 🙂 He could have been speaking about the moon turning fluorescent green. Early March eh...

Well, bat fancying by some misguided people seems to have backfired really quite badly ;) Attenborough has always been right; we are damaged. But please people, leave the bats alone. I hope he gets arrested for walking in the open.... But what if you're not allowed.out of the house? This coronavirus is lab-engineered at the P4 Virology Lab in Wuhan, not happened in nature

'If we damage ... The most useless and ignorant statement I have read in a long time. Nature can be a source of knowledge and understanding in crisis ... [See More

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