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Sir David Attenborough Named By The UN As ‘Champion Of The Earth’ For Conservation Work

Sir David Attenborough has been named ‘Champion of the Earth’ by the UN Environment Programme.

Sir David Attenborough has been named ‘Champion of the Earth’ by the UN Environment Programme.

On the eve of Earth Day, Sir David was recognised for his continued efforts in conservation, and educating the world about nature & climate change.

Sir David accepted the award, saying the success stories already seen in the environment should give us hope.

"Fifty years ago, whales were on the very edge of extinction worldwide,” he said.

“Then people got together and now there are more whales in the sea than any living human being has ever seen," he suggested.

"We know what the problems are and we know how to solve them. All we lack is unified action."

UN Executive Director, Inger Anderson, said Sir David was chosen as the ‘Champion of the Earth’ because of his devotion to broadcasting the natural world in a career that has spanned seven decades.

"If we stand a chance of averting climate and biodiversity breakdowns and cleaning up polluted ecosystems, it's because millions of us fell in love with the planet that he captured on film and writing, in his voice," he said.

April 22 is observed around the world as ‘Earth Day’, with 1 billion people taking part in events to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

This year’s theme is ‘Invest In Our Planet’, and aims to influence business and politics to protect the planet.