So the legend that is Sir David Attenborough turns 92 today! Twitter is full of GIFs demonstrating shock that his name is trending before they realise it’s just his birthday, which have I must admit made me chuckle quite a lot this morning.
I don’t think any of us are ready for the day when he won’t be here any more, but I in particular have had the dream of meeting him on my bucket list for so long I would be completely distraught if I never got a chance to shake that inspirational hand. Every potential opportunity I have had to meet him I have had to work, so my dream hasn’t yet come true ?
I have grown up listening to that unique voice on the TV teaching the world about natural history and the importance of looking after it, and I know that he has been a huge part of developing my love for nature and animals. I literally can’t imagine what my life would have been like without him – quite a strange statement considering I’ve never actually met the man, but true nonetheless.
I have spent the majority of my working life with animals in one way or another – caring for them, teaching people about them, saving them. It makes my heart hurt to think that even with the awareness of the consequences of our actions growing, it may be too late to save many species from extinction. And if I feel that way, how about Sir David who has spent his entire life teaching us about this planet and what is happening to it?
On the plus side, both of my children adore animals as much as I do, and I make sure I bring them up with a respect for and desire to help this unique, special home of ours. Who knows, perhaps they’ll be conservation warriors when they grow up? Maybe I will be watching them on the TV in the future, continuing Sir Davids work and sharing their passion as he has done for so many years. Who knows?
For now, all I can do is teach them what I know and encourage them to share that with others, and perhaps we can help spread the message that little bit further.
Happy Birthday Sir David Attenborough, we love you!