Sir David Attenborough honoured as ‘Champion of the Earth’ by UN

By MiNDFOOD

<em>Photography by Alex Board</em>
Photography by Alex Board
The pioneering broadcaster and naturalist has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the United Nations. 

A few weeks before his 96th birthday, Sir David Attenborough has been named a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations.

The acclaimed naturalist, known for his documentaries including A Life On Our Planet, Planet Earth and Blue Planet, was commended for his devotion to documenting the love story between humans and nature.

“If we stand a chance of averting climate and biodiversity breakdowns and cleaning up polluted ecosystems, it’s because millions of us fell in love with the planet that he showed us on television,” said UN Environment Programme chief Inger Andersen.

Upon accepting the award, Attenborough reminded that “50 years ago, whales were on the very edge of extinction worldwide.”

“Then people got together and now there are more whales in the sea than any living human being has ever seen. If we act together, we can solve these problems.”

The 95-year-old urged the world to “get together” to save the planet.

“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.”

Read on to learn Sir David Attenborough’s 10 ways to make a difference.

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