The interview was hosted on BBC Radio 4’s Today program with regular host Mishal Hussain. Attenborough said of Thunberg, according to the RadioTimes, “She’s achieved things that many of us who have been working on it for 20 odd years have failed to achieve. That is you have aroused the world. I’m very grateful to you. We all are, really.”
Thunberg said back to Attenborough that “everyone is grateful for you, for taking on the climate crisis and on the environmental crisis. I hope you understand how much of a difference you have made and we are all very thankful for that.”
Thunberg said that documentaries were part of what made her decide to do something about climate change. Host Mishal Hussein asked if generations were coming together for climate change and Attenborough responded “undoubtedly.” He called Greta’s motto, “look the world belongs to not my generation but to your generation,” one that “people haven’t been able to dodge.”
He hailed Thunberg’s “great bravery,” in marching and protesting the changing climate. Thunberg has made headlines in 2019 for her UN addresses and weekly climate strikes. Attenborough is known for his documentaries, his latest are the Blue Planet series. Attenborough recently received the Chatham House Prize from Queen Elizabeth for his work on the environment and is currently working on a documentary about extinction.
Watch the interview on Twitter:
— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) December 30, 2019
Thunberg sailed to the United States over the summer to avoid the carbon emissions of a flight. While here, she spoke before Congress, the United Nations and led the global #ClimateStrike. Thunberg declined a recent environmental prize, wanting all focus on the environment. Her latest appearance was at COP25 to address joint nations about climate change.
Read our coverage on the intersection of climate change and politics, including why climate change is a top priority for young voters, the Green New Deal, and have a quick look at the 2020 democratic presidential candidates’ current plans on climate change and watch them discuss their views in Weather Channel’s Race to Save The Planet Forum. Cities all over the world from California to Vietnam are facing climate crisis and millions of people are protesting all over the world.
The United Nation recently released a report warning countries about the dangers of climate change and has urged people to eat more plant-based as a way to curb it. We highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, plant-based, vegan and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.
For more Animal, Earth, Life, Vegan Food, Health, and Recipe content published daily, subscribe to the One Green Planet Newsletter! Lastly, being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!