He’s a national treasure who for decades has brought the remotest corners of the earth to our screens.
Now Sir David Attenborough, whose dulcet tones have captivated viewers ever since his famed Zoo Quest series in 1954, has turned 92, and well-wishers are taking to social media to wish the star of Blue Planet II and Planet Earth a happy birthday.
Ian Owens, director of science at the Natural History Museum in London, wrote, “Happy Birthday to the Greatest Living Englishman – David Attenborough – who has arguably done more than any other person to inspire a wonder of the natural world – and is champion for all those seeking a better balance between nature and human activities.”
Happy Birthday to the Greatest Living Englishman – David Attenborough – who has arguably done more than any other person to inspire a wonder of the natural world – and is champion for all those seeking a better balance between nature and human activities. pic.twitter.com/C9lEn4PMWK
Happy Birthday Sir David Attenborough, 92 today! Here he is on Ross Island with Adelie penguins, Mt Erebus behind (better photo!) Research vessel & icebreaker RRS Sir David Attenborough, currently under construction, will be sailing in Antarctic waters by 2019 @NERCsciencepic.twitter.com/PlCXTAIEiU
Following the broadcast of Blue Planet, the campaign to reduce the amount of single us plastics we produce has gathered incredible momentum, as the BBC series showed the damage that humans are doing to the world’s oceans.
“Never before have we been so aware of what we are doing to our planet – and never before have we had such power to do something about it,” Attenborough wrote in Radio Times at the time. “Surely we have a responsibility to care for the planet on which we live?
“The future of humanity, and indeed of all life on Earth, now depends on us doing so.”
The number of people around the world whose love of nature was inspired by this man is astounding. Happy 92nd Birthday Sir David Attenborough. pic.twitter.com/QEScEbMbRz
This man is my hero. A beautiful compassionate soul who has made me further love nature and take steps to be eco-friendly. He will never see this but Happy Birthday, David Attenborough. Thank you for everything. #DavidAttenboroughhttps://t.co/ffCCptbNce