Queen presents Attenborough with prize for Blue Planet series

  • Thursday 21, November 2019 10:37 AM
Sharjah24 – AFP: Legendary naturalist David Attenborough on Wednesday urged international action to tackle pollution as he received a prestigious award from Queen Elizabeth II, recognising the role his Blue Planet series played in highlighting the issue.
The 2019 Chatham House Prize was awarded in London to Attenborough and Julian Hector, head of BBC Studios Natural History Unit, for the "galvanising impact" of the Blue Planet II series on tackling ocean plastic pollution.

The Queen said she was "delighted" to hand over the award to the 93-year-old broadcaster, whose voice has for decades brought the natural world into homes across the world.

"This award recognises your many talents," she told Attenborough, a long-time friend.

"For those of us of a certain generation, we can take great pleasure in proving that age is no barrier in being a positive influence," she joked.

Attenborough issued a stark warning in his acceptance speech.

"International problems have never been more international, more crucial, more pressing that they are today," he said.

"The atmosphere doesn't have favourites among nations.

"Never has there been a greater need for international cooperation; We are citizens of the world and we must recognise that," he added.