David Attenborough


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Nov 09 2017
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Sep 26 2017 - Brexit

I'm not an economist, and I certainly don't understand the political and economic implications of Brexit, but philosophically I would rather people embrace one another than spat in one another's face. That's when someone has told them something which they don't like, and which they probably don't understand. That is not evil necessarily. There's quite a lot I don't understand and quite a lot of people I don't like, in those terms anyway.feedback

Sep 25 2017

It was two years of unalloyed bliss. It's a sudden great opening of windows, if you're a provincial grammar school boy like me. And you were with these people who had been fighter pilots and so on and you realised that the sun had come out over Europe and over you. You were just looking through intellectual windows and singing, yes, madrigals – never heard of madrigals before. Gosh, how marvellous.feedback

Sep 25 2017

Break down those walls and get people talking about it who wouldn't otherwise meet.feedback

Sep 24 2017 - London

The BBC and the London Zoo should mount a joint animal-collecting expedition on which we should both go. I would direct film sequences showing Jack searching for and finally capturing a creature of particular interest. The sequence would end with a close-up of the animal in his hands. The picture would then dissolve into a similar shot of the same creature, but this time live in the studio.feedback

Aug 24 2017

They did so knowing that it would actually rob them of a certain amount of national income, so that was a huge advance.feedback

Aug 24 2017

I would like to think that the reason the political figures have got that sort of policy that they will know will be at a cost to the national economies is that they are beginning to realise that people worldwide wish that to happen, because they wish to protect the natural world, and I think that view has been helped by what (the Natural History Unit) and other units around the world are doing.feedback

Aug 24 2017 - China

I spend a lot of time wringing my hands and saying how dreadful it is, and how this forest has been obliterated, and that sea has been polluted and whatever. I am encouraged more than I have been, somehow. People used to get very upset that we couldn't get international agreement on so many conservation issues. And I used to say, look - never in the whole of history have nations with different attitudes and different philosophies and different languages and different political systems got together to agree on one particular problem.feedback

Jul 27 2017

Concern about the state of our seas has caused them to be studied more intensively – and extensively – than ever before. They have never been more important.feedback

Jul 13 2017

Worryingly, we are now seeing the fortunes of some of our once common butterflies mirror those of our rarest species and they too are now also suffering significant declines with butterflies declining more rapidly in urban areas than in the countryside. In the last decade our butterflies have experienced several poor years and although resilient, they simply cannot sustain repeated losses, especially if the habitats they need in order to rebuild their populations are also under threat.feedback

Jul 13 2017

But the Big Butterfly Count is also good for you because 15 minutes spent watching butterflies in the summer sunshine is priceless; spending time with butterflies lifts the spirits and reinvigorates that sense of wonder in the natural world.feedback

May 08 2017

You can't talk about the opposable thumb and the importance in primate evolution of the grip if somebody's taking off your shoes. Particularly if that somebody is two baby gorillas.feedback

May 08 2017

I walked towards this screaming horde of men, I stuck out my hand, and I heard myself say... good afternoon.feedback

Apr 22 2017

If you think that there is nothing you can do about an impending disaster then you won't do anything. If you talk to a psychologist, I think you will find that if you continually bombard people with news of disaster then they will actually freeze and say 'there's nothing I can do.feedback

Apr 22 2017

I'm optimistic because of children. I see a lot of children, children write to me, and it is my impression that over the last 60 years, they have become aware, and it is their belief that the natural world is their inheritance.feedback

Apr 22 2017

Fifty years ago we thought the natural world was invulnerable so never mentioned any problems. The criticism today is you are showing a false impression of the world, you never show any disaster, illnesses, you don't show poaching; you ought to be ashamed of yourself. If we only showed the Garden of Eden aspect of the natural world and never any of humanity's effect on it then we would be culpable, but we do. The moment you say that you're only going to do the things that people like then you're in trouble.feedback

Apr 22 2017

I've just come back from Florida where we have been filming spinner sharks. There are 20,000 of them and people don't even know they're there. From a helicopter you can see this great column of fish and sharks, and just over there, there are people exercising their dogs on the beach.feedback

Apr 22 2017 - Oil

There were these searing yellow fields and I can't think of the damn name. I wanted to say something about it but I couldn't and it wasn't until we got quite close to Geneva that I thought, of course, oil seed rape. I'm not a big fan of electronic communication. When it comes to making television programmes, I like to think that I know what the latest gear is and what tomorrow's latest gear is, but maybe I'm deceiving myself. Everyone must do what they can because it's the most valuable thing we have got, whether your 60 years old or 106.feedback

Apr 21 2017 - Biodiversity

I am immensely pleased to hear that plans to build a bridge at Sukau have been cancelled. This region is recognised worldwide as being a vital enclave for threatened wildlife, and it is indeed good news that the safe passage of orangutans, pygmy elephants and other endangered wildlife will not be threatened by the bridge and all that would have come with it. The decision will [also benefit] the local people who welcome visitors who come to see the wonderful biodiversity of their forests.feedback

Apr 20 2017

I have enjoyed helping people to discover more about the natural world, and Hold the World offers people a unique opportunity: to examine rare objects, some millions of years old, up close. It represents an extraordinary new step in how people can explore and experience nature, all from the comfort of their own homes and I am delighted to be able to help users uncover some of the treasures the Natural History Museum has to offer in a thrilling new way.feedback

Mar 02 2017

I have had many encounters with the magnificent and unique species with which your state is blessed. If this construction is allowed to go ahead, I am left in no doubt that the bridge will have significant negative effects on the region's wildlife, the Kinabatangan's thriving tourism industry and on the image of Sabah as a whole.feedback

Mar 02 2017

I strongly believe that Borneo is one of the most unique and biodiverse places on this planet, and that the world's remaining wild spaces provide more than ecological services and opportunities for economic development; they also provide deep spiritual nourishment for ourselves and future generations of Sabahans and visitors alike.feedback

Feb 20 2017

I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known.feedback

Feb 01 2017

The combined group will have a suite of long-dated licences and an expected strong investment grade balance sheet. This will provide more capacity to invest, innovate and compete in an evolving global marketplace.feedback

Dec 08 2016 - Sustainable Development

These gentle giants have been overlooked. It's well known that African elephants are in trouble and there are perhaps just under half a million left. But what no one realised is there are far fewer giraffes, which have already become extinct in seven countries.feedback

Oct 27 2016 - Climate change

Escalating pressures, such as climate change and modern land management, mean that we continue to lose the precious wildlife that enriches our lives and is essential to the health and well-being of those who live in the U.K., and also in its Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories. Our wonderful nature is in serious trouble and it needs our help as never before.feedback

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