A Few Attenborough Minutes

When he first appeared in these pages, and each of the dozens of times since then that David Attenborough has returned, it is worth at least a few minutes of attention. Click above to go to the video or below to go to the transcript:

Amid planet’s crisis, filmmaker Sir David Attenborough’s ‘vision for the future’

Filmmaker Sir David Attenborough has been documenting the natural world since the 1950s. In his latest book and film, “A Life on Our Planet,” he offers a grave and alarming assessment about the climate crisis Earth is facing. The 94-year-old Attenborough spoke with William Brangham recently as part of our ongoing arts and culture series, Canvas.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    There is perhaps no one whose name is more synonymous with documenting the natural world than filmmaker Sir David Attenborough.

    He has been at it since the 1950s. And in his latest book and film, both out this week, he offers a grave and alarming witness statement about the crisis facing our planet.

    William Brangham talked with the 94-year-old recently.

    It’s part of our ongoing arts and culture series, Canvas.

  • David Attenborough:

    The living world is a unique and spectacular marvel.

  • William Brangham:

    No one has given us a more intimate or stunning look at our planet than Sir David Attenborough.

  • David Attenborough:

    Dazzling in their variety and richness.

  • William Brangham:

    But now, after a near 70-year career, he says we are running the planet headlong into disaster.

  • David Attenborough:

    Yet, the way we humans live on Earth, you’re sending it into a decline.

    Human beings have overrun the world.

  • William Brangham:

    In his new Netflix documentary and companion book, both titled “A Life on Our Planet,” the famed filmmaker wants us to recognize what’s happening, and to act before it’s too late.

    I spoke with him recently from his home in London.

    Sir David Attenborough, it’s a great honor to have you on the “NewsHour.” Thank you very much for being here.

    Anyone who knows your work knows that you have increasingly talked about man’s impact on the natural world.

    But this film really hits this point very directly. Was it your sense that things had just gotten so bad that that needed to be the focus of this project?

  • David Attenborough:

    Yes, I think I have been speaking about this the last 20, 30 years, really.

    It’s just what anybody who knows the natural world and spends time looking at the natural world stares it in the face. And anybody with whom to that happens feels a huge responsibility to talk about it.

Read the whole transcript here.

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