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Sir David Attenborough received another environmental award, named Champion of the Earth by the United Nations
The lifetime achievement award was presented in recognition of the 95-year-old’s commitment to climate advocacy and his promotion of the natural world.
In his acceptance, Attenborough told delegates that we must act now to save our planet, before it is too late.
He also talked about the theme of hope and how humans have done meaningful climate action in the past.
“Fifty years ago, whales were on the brink of extinction around the world. Then people got together and now there are more whales in the sea than any living human being has ever seen.”
Mr David Attenborough
Attenborough says the world knows what the problems are, we know how to solve them – now all we need is unified action.
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The United Nations Environmental Program created the Champions of the Earth award in 2005 to recognize outstanding climate leaders.
He chose to recognize Sir David because of his ongoing commitment to spreading the natural world.
“If we have any chance of avoiding climate and biodiversity degradation and cleaning up polluted ecosystems, it’s because millions of us fell in love with the planet he showed us on TV. “
Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program
Last year, Ugandan veterinarian Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka was named Champion of the Earth for her pioneering work in conservation.
The award comes as Apple TV Plus releases its latest trailer for its “Prehistoric Planet” nature docuseries.
The programme, narrated by Sir David, will transport viewers through 66 million years to experience our world from a new perspective.
Prehistoric Planet airs from May 23.