Naturalist David Attenborough Advises Younger Generation To Reduce Waste

Most recognized as the voice of multiple wildlife documentary series such as Blue Planet and Planet Earth, Sir David Attenborough is still advocating for the environment at 93-years-old, and now he is advising younger generations to reduce waste.

For many decades, our society has developed into a highly materialistic culture that wastes our resources. From water to food to energy, humans have been wasting like never before, but that is starting to change because younger generations are fed up with their parents and grandparents for leaving them a planet that is dying.

For instance, plastic waste is set to outnumber fish in the ocean in just a couple decades. As for food waste, it’s a major producer of carbon emissions, prompting calls by many for sustainable farming and a reorganization of how we feed the world. And it’s safe to say that all of us have at one time or another wasted water in some way, which is especially bad since our world is experiencing worse droughts and rising water insecurity.

So, when asked by a child during an event what people can do to save the world, Attenborough did not hesitate to identify waste as the top problem we need to fix.

“You can do more and more and more the longer you live, but the best motto to think about is not waste things,” Attenborough said. “Don’t waste electricity, don’t waste paper, don’t waste food. Live the way you want to live but just don’t waste. Look after the natural world, and the animals in it, and the plants in it too. This is their planet as well as ours. Don’t waste them.”

Indeed, we forget that our activities and actions have had a negative impact on animal and plant species around the globe, resulting in one million species being at risk of extinction. That alone is incredibly wasteful, and causes the collapse of valuable ecosystems that support our own survival.

To reverse the damage, humans are going to have to learn not to waste anything and do a better job at being stewards of the Earth.

Of course, those who deny climate change are quick to complain when Attenborough issues similar warnings on the documentaries he works on. But the legendary naturalist believes those complaints are complete hogwash, and defended himself and the BBC, the network that produces the documentaries.

“I don’t think I’ve made a series in the last 40 years where I haven’t made at the end an appeal about caring for the natural world,” he said. “At the time I daresay people thought we were cranks, but as it’s gone on and we’ve repeated it on and on and on – not wasting things, not polluting things, and so on. Suddenly, for no reason I can understand because the message has been the same, you hit the right note.”

He’s not wrong. Many scientists have been warning the public about climate change for decades. Only now are people starting to listen and pay attention. The problem is that everyone should have listened and taken action decades ago, If that had happened, younger generations would not face an uncertain future now.

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