The UN Environmental Program (UNEP) last month presented Sir David Attenborough a ‘Champion of the Earth’ award for his devotion to frightening children and adults about the fake catastrophes of climate change. They didn’t put it quite like that, of course, but given their agenda promoting the scariest scenarios based on highly improbable climate models, it’s no wonder the UN is happy with Attenborough’s performances to advance their cause.
Too bad so little of what Attenborough promotes is actually true and that he gets away with it because the message comes with pretty pictures. Except for the Russian falling walrus, of course: that film footage was so awful many people were truly horrified at what they were being shown. Death after gruesome death, all in slow motion, crafted to deliver the greatest shock possible, all falsely blamed on climate change by Attenborough.
Back in 2019, when the WWF/Netflix walrus sequence from ‘Our Planet’ was released, its purpose was to ensure the votes for unified action (i.e., ‘success’) at the upcoming UN climate meeting (COP26). Rather than “giving people hope” about taking action on climate change, that particular film footage was meant to emotionally bully politicians into action, as I explain in my latest book, Fallen Icon. Too bad it failed.
But I guess the UN had to give 96 year old Attenborough kudos for trying: it would have been churlish for them not to. He did work awfully hard from 2018 to 2021 to bang the climate breakdown drum, no matter the cost to his reputation.
From a BBC story (21 April 2022):
UNEP Executive Director Inger Anderson said that the UN chose to recognise Sir David because of his devotion to broadcasting the natural world.
“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,” said Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director.
Did they “fall in love” or were they frightened out of their wits by falsehoods, exaggerations, and half truths? There’s a big difference.
In accepting the award, Attenborough is quoted as saying:
…the world must take action now to protect nature and the planet.
Sir David said that environmental success stories should give us hope that change is possible.
“Fifty years ago, whales were on the very edge of extinction worldwide. Then people got together and now there are more whales in the sea than any living human being has ever seen,” he suggested.
Odd, the very same thing could be said about polar bears but you never hear Attenborough lauding the success story of people getting together and bringing polar bears back from the edge of extinction.
“We know what the problems are and we know how to solve them. All we lack is unified action.”
Yes, unified action. We all know what that means. He wants what the WEF wants and what the UN have been planning for decades: immediate and drastic societal change that runs rough-shod over democracy.
The BBC report went on to illustrate what a great job Attenborough has done frightening children about the future, as if that were a laudable goal we should all admire.
Asked about Sir David, children visiting the London aquarium told BBC News they love watching him on TV and even have books about him.
“He does loads of things to support our planet and the animals. On his show, he tells us the natural world might be in danger if we don’t make a difference,” explains 10-year-old Raya.
She worries about the planet, saying she’s learned that “we need to stop using plastic, start using more electric cars, and we should plant more trees instead of cutting them down.”
Benjamin, 13, said watching Sir David’s programmes has inspired him to become a marine biologist. But they’ve also taught him about the danger we face from climate change and biodiversity loss.
“I want to be able to have a family and I want them to live a nice world. But if we start trying very hard, we can save the natural world,” he explained.
Heartlessly scaring a generation of children with false stories about starving polar bears and walrus falling to their deaths because of climate change is Attenborough’s sad legacy. He may be pleased with what he’s done but I doubt if the millions of children needlessly having nightmares will ultimately thank him for such callous manipulation.