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.
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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
— Ian Owens (@ipfo) May 7, 2018
Happy 92nd birthday Sir David Attenborough ???? Thank you for your stunning documentaries, your inspiring words and your work to preserve the beauty our home, planet Earth. https://t.co/OCryybpfDj
— Natural History Museum (@NHM_London) May 8, 2018
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 @NERCscience pic.twitter.com/PlCXTAIEiU
— The Antarctic Report (@AntarcticReport) May 8, 2018
Over the years Attenborough has been knighted, had species named after him, and campaigned passionately for environmental causes long before they made headlines, and he shows no sign of slowing down. He recently appeared alongside the Queen in the ITV documentary, The Queen’s Green Planet.
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
— Blue Planet Society (@Seasaver) May 8, 2018
Some Twitter users also expressed their “relief” that nonagenarian was trending on social media because of his birthday. “It’s always a bit scary when you see him trending,” one user wrote.
Seeing a pic of Sir David Attenborough on my feed and everything clenches in fear of what the news holds…. ooh it's his birthday! #relief
— Kaz Carr (@ms_articulate) May 8, 2018
But others were quick to share their favourite moments from past series, from the weird to the wonderful.
happy birthday to david attenborough and this very good leaf pic.twitter.com/2NGrwx7spp
— BBC Three (@bbcthree) May 8, 2018
"What makes us human may not be uniquely human after all" Happy 92nd birthday to the voice of nature Sir David Attenborough! pic.twitter.com/cFmSRlbQlU
— Original Diving (@OriginalDiving) May 8, 2018
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. #DavidAttenborough https://t.co/ffCCptbNce
— Hollie Adams (@Foxtrevert) May 8, 2018