The natural world can be a source of comfort during times of crisis, said Sir David Attenborough.
Speaking of the climate, the 93-year-old broadcaster and naturalist said that the world has reached an unprecedented point.
He told Big Issue magazine: “In times of crisis, the natural world is a source of joy and comfort. The natural world produces the comfort that can come from nothing else. And we are part of the natural world. If we harm the natural world, we harm ourselves. “
He also said he has cause for hope: “The children these days are well informed, aware of what is happening and are worried. They are vocal. I have not known a generation of children who could be joined to these today”.
He said of the environment: “We are in an unprecedented situation. We know a lot about the history of the world. We are going back 500 million years and there are no species with anything like the power that Homo sapiens has over the natural world.
“There is nothing as remote as the situation we are in at the moment. There is no morale to take from what has happened in the past. We have a completely empty sheet of paper in front of us.
“The fact is, every bite of food you eat comes from the natural world. There is no food that feeds you that does not come from the natural world. Every lung air you take is refined from the natural world, oxygen exhaled from plants. If you can’t breathe and can’t eat, you don’t exist. “
Attenborough was interviewed by the magazine in early March, before the United Kingdom went to blockade.
He said: “The problems are short and long term … the short term we are dealing with and the long term” we will do it tomorrow. “But tomorrow never comes. And then suddenly we discover that it is too late.”
The complete interview is in the current edition of Big Issue. Sellers are unable to sell it on the street due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the publication and its beneficiaries may be supported by subscription.