Watch Obama Discuss Climate Change With Naturalist Sir David Attenborough
President Barack Obama is a major fan of Sir David Attenborough, the celebrated British naturalist and TV host who has created and narrated numerous science and nature documentaries for the BBC.
According to The Guardian, Obama invited Attenborough to the White House in May to celebrate Attenborough’s 89th birthday. While there, the two taped an interview, in which Obama turned the tables and interviewed Attenborough, telling him that he grew up watching Attenborough’s programs.
“I’ve been a huge admirer of your work for a very long time,” Obama told Attenborough. “You’ve been a great educator as well as a great naturalist.”
The two discussed climate change, and Obama lamented what he sees as slow progress toward combating the issue.
“We’re not moving as fast as we need to, and part of what I know from watching your programs, and all the great work you’ve done, is that these ecosystems are all interconnected,” Obama said. “If just one country is doing the right thing, but other countries are not, then we’re not going to solve the problem. We’re going to have to have a global solution to this.”
Obama asked Attenborough what he thinks needs to be done in the fight against climate change.
“If we find ways of generating and storing power from renewable resources, we will make the problem with oil and coal disappear because economically, we’ll wish to use these other methods,” Attenborough said. “If we do that, a huge step will be taken in solving the problems of the Earth. I think what’s required is an understanding and a gut feeling that the natural world is part of your inheritance. This is the only planet we’ve got and we’ve got to protect it. And people do feel that, deeply and instinctively, it is after all —> Read More