David Attenborough blasts his generation for setting “no great example” to young people

He said young people have "clear sight" on the reality of climate change

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Celebrated broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has warned that he doesn’t have many years left to live and offered a few stern words for people of his generation.

We all know he’s in his 90s but it’s not what fans want to hear from one of the most treasured men living in Britain today.

But he was nevertheless offering a positive, if scary, message about getting through to younger people in the hope of saving the planet from environmental destruction.

Sir David is almost 93 (Credit:

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In a conversation with The Guardian, Sir David said he can’t bear to think what the planet may be like after he’s gone.

He told the paper: “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 as the signs aren’t good.

“Young people may lack experience but they also have clear sight. They can see perhaps more clearly than the rest of us who have been around for some time.”

He went on to say that his own generation is “no great example” and that, if adults today can’t make “progess” with young people then “we are done”.

Sir David said that if humankind doesn’t take some form of drastic action soon, the natural world could face irreversible damage.

Sir David’s most recent series, Our Planet, came under fire for ‘misleading’ viewers (Credit:

He continued: “We have no option, if we want to survive. We have a moral obligation on our shoulders and it would be to our deep eternal shame if we fail to acknowledge that.”

The TV legend recently released a Netflix documentary series, Our Planet, that painted a fairly bleak picture of climate change and its effect on the planet.

Viewers were deeply moved but the show came under fire from a zoologist who accused the series of misleading people.

Our Planet

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The focus was on one difficult-to-watch scene in which walruses were seen plummeting from a cliff to their deaths.

Our Planet said the heart-wrenching incident was due to global warming, which had melted the sea ice and driven the creatures to the cliff edge (literally and figuratively).

But one animal expert said the show was “spinning a bogus tale” and claimed the poor walruses were actually chased off by one of its two natural predators, the polar bear (the other being the killer whale).

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