Do We Have Attenborough and Thunberg To Thank?
Sir David Attenborough, the man in the hearts of so many people and the man who has made such a big difference to the world we live in. Episode 3 of his new series Seven Worlds, One Planet aired last night where he explored the struggles of South America’s bone-dry deserts and one of the world’s largest rainforests – the Amazon.
This is just one of Attenborough’s greatest adventures and documentaries, from trekking through wilderness to meet and film some of the world’s most remotest people, to introducing colour on the television when he oversaw Europe’s first ever coloured broadcasts, to showing the people of the world species under the ocean that we didn’t even know existed! He’s done it all. We have a lot to be thankful for.
As Attenborough states in many of his documentaries, WE are damaging our planet beyond belief and are to blame for matters such as climate change and many other environmental issues. BUT finally, are we are starting to see a small change in the way we behave and treat our planet? Is this largely down to Attenborough’s subtle approach at showing us the natural world and teaching us on ways to preserve it.
Just look at Greta Thunberg, a teenage environmental activist, who has hit the press recently with her views on climate change. She has been a victim of online bullying because of her campaign, stating she is “oversimplifying” a huge issue, but also because of her disability, Asperger’s Syndrome, which she states is actually what pushed her to start a campaign on climate change.
Thunberg claimed she saw a documentary when she was just 8 years old and wondered why so little was being done about it. So is television and Attenborough’s efforts to display what is going on outside of our cities, really to thank for saving our planet? Have you started a local campaign to recycle more, or cycle to work or do you take part in beach cleans? We want to hear from you and thank you for all your efforts!
“There is almost nothing I can think of that we can’t do” – Sir David Attenborough.