UNEP honours David Attenborough with 'Champion of the Earth' award

Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has honoured British broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough with a Champion of the Earth award.

The award was in recognition of the environmentalist’s commitment to sharing stories about the natural world and climate change, according to the BBC.

In comments carried by the broadcaster, Attenborough, a biologist, natural historian and author urged action to prevent further destruction of the planet.

“Fifty years ago, whales were on the very edge of extinction worldwide.

“Then people came together and now there are more whales in the sea than any living human being has ever seen,” the 95-year-old said.

“We know what the problems are and we know how to solve them. All we lack is unified action.”

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UNEP executive director Inger Anderson paid tribute to Attenborough.

“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 captured on film and writing, in his voice.”

Previous recipients of the award include Barbados prime minister Mia Mottley and the charity SeaWomen of Melanesia.

Ahead of the 2021 COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Attenborough called for bold action and support for local communities and landowners so they can create connected wild places on land and at sea to protect humanity.


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