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Sir David Attenborough Acknowledges He Doesn't Have Much Time Left To Live

Clark Sparky 28 Apr 2019

Acknowledging that his days are numbered, Sir David Attenborough plans to make the most of them.

Life's Work

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Sir David Attenborough is known to most Americans as the narrator of many incredible animal docuseries, such as Planet Earth and Our Planet. He's also spent his life as naturalist, educating the public about our environment.

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Not Much Time

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Attenborough is now 92 years old and he is terrified to think of how our world might look for his grandchildren, while also acknowledging he doesn't have much time left:

“I don’t spend time thinking about that because I can’t bear it. I’m just coming up to 93, and so I don’t have many more years around here. I find it difficult to think beyond that because the signs aren’t good.”

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Young People Get It

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He was asked about the global movement of students striking to raise climate change awareness:

“[Young people] understand the simple discoveries of science about our dependence upon the natural world. My generation is no great example for understanding – we have done terrible things.”

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Although there is a ton of work to be done to ease the effects of climate change, Attenborough is encouraged:

“That is the one big reason I have for feeling we are making progress. If we were not making progress with young people, we are done.”

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New Documentary

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He recently debuted a new documentary on BBC called Climate Change: The Facts, in which he says:

"The scientific evidence is that if we have not taken dramatic action within the next decade, we could face irreversible damage to the natural world and the collapse of our societies."

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Cut Emissions In Half

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Scientists agree that if we don't cut global emissions in half by the year 2030 then the extreme weather events we've seen in recent decades will continue to become more severe.

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An Impact

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Hopefully, the work he's done over the last 70 years will have the necessary impact the world needs to make a positive change.

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