Happy 90th Mr Attenborough!
Ever since I was really young I remember listening to David Attenborough.
There was always something about the way he described the natural world that completely mesmerised you and made you gasp in awe which, is probably why I went on to study Biology at university.
I'm clearly not the only fan of Attenborough as yesterday BBC Two honoured David Attenborough for his 90th birthday by celebrating all his achievements in the world of television and even named a dragonfly (his favourite insect) after him - the Acisoma attenboroughi aka David's Dragonfly.
For decades David Attenborough has taken us on a journey through the natural world, allowing us to witness all the beauty that we encounter in our everyday life and sometimes fail to appreciate, I know that I'm definitely guilty of this at times.
Sometimes with my degree it's easy to get caught up with the negatives and focus only on how we are messing up the planet but with all the recent nice weather I think it's time to change that and appreciate the world around us while we can.
I know that I probably sound super cheesy right now but it's true!
Attenborough once said:
'I have never met a child who was not interested in natural history'.
- David Attenborough
Imagine if we could all recapture the way we felt about the natural world when we were kids. When we enjoyed playing outside and got excited about our parents taking us to the zoo or the natural history museum.
You've probably all seen the news about climate change on the news and noticed that companies are beginning to market themselves as more 'sustainable' or 'green' as we begin to recognise that we need to make a change.
If you're anything like me who grew up on David Attenborough and loved his documentaries and continue to watch them now as an adult let's help out David by making smarter choices and understanding that any positive action we take, no matter how small, will make a difference.
If you haven't had the chance to watch any Attenborough documentaries, I really recommend them although don't blame me if you get hooked!