And finally much deserved recognition for everyone's environment champion.

David Attenborough receives the UN’s most distinguished environment award - UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Sir David Attenborough (white haired white male wearing blue shirt and chinos) sitting on a coral reef with bare feet in tropical water
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website –, CC BY 3.0 AU, via Wikimedia Commons

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today that Sir David Attenborough is the recipient of the Champions of the Earth  Lifetime Achievement Award

for his dedication to research, documentation, and advocacy for the protection of nature and its restoration.

“Sir David Attenborough has devoted his life to documenting the love story between humans and nature, and broadcasting it to the world. 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 Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director. “Sir David’s work will continue to inspire people of all ages to care for nature and to become the restoration generation.”

Attenborough’s career as a broadcaster, natural historian, author, and environmental advocate spans over seven decades. He is most famous for his work with the BBC’s Natural History Unit, including documentaries such as Life on Earth, the Living Planet, Our Planet and Our Blue Planet. In addition, his advocacy to preserve and restore biodiversity, transition to renewable energy, mitigate climate change and promote plant-rich diets contribute to the realization of many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The world has to get together. 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,” Attenborough said upon receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. “Fifty 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.”

More information including a short bio here and watch an exclusive interview with Sir David by UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen (YouTube)

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Posted On: 21/04/2022

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