Sir David Attenborough has warned that human beings are destroying themselves by destroying the natural world.
The naturalist and broadcaster previously shared his worry that â€œpeople will take their eyes off the environmental issueâ€ because of Covid-19.
Now, speaking on the Call Of The Wild podcast with Cel Spellman, the 94-year-old has said: â€œHuman beings are all pervasive, everywhereâ€¦ you canâ€™t get away from human beings anymore. There are oil slicks and bits of plastic floating in the remotest part of the oceans. We have destroyed nature.
â€œWeâ€™ve been so clever that weâ€™ve found methods and techniques of actually destroying nature in order to put in what we choose, and weâ€™ve done it without thought over vast areas of the planet as though the planet belonged only to us.
â€œWe depend on the natural world for interests, for everything thatâ€™s beautiful and wonderful. But also we depend on it for every breath of air we take and every mouthful of food we eat. And if we damage the natural world, we are damaging ourselves. And we have been doing that without care for decades.â€
Asked for his tips on how to repair our relationship with nature, he said: â€œOne of the simplest things that you should do if you get the chance, when you get the chance, is just naturally to stop.
â€œSit down. Donâ€™t move. Keep quiet. Wait 10 minutes. Youâ€™ll be very surprised if something pretty interesting didnâ€™t happen within 10 minutes. Doing that in a woodland, if you havenâ€™t done it, is extraordinary. Donâ€™t get too impatient either.
â€œAnd then, speaking for myself, then youâ€™ll realise how ignorant you are, how you canâ€™t actually recognise what that birdcall is, which you ought to be able to, I certainly ought to be able to do.
â€œMind you, I canâ€™t hear either, my age, but, nonetheless, there are things to see and there are wonderful things to see and extraordinary things happen.
â€œThe real time when it really is exciting to do that is if you do it in a place where you donâ€™t know at all, I mean, you go into a jungle in the middle of Costa Rica or something, and then you suddenly see extraordinary things that you really donâ€™t know anything about.â€
Sir David Attenborough is on Call Of The Wild with Cel Spellman and WWF on Apple, Spotify and all podcast providers.