David Attenborough: Are we Changing Life on Earth?





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Published on May 3, 2007

Remarks at FFI Reception in Washington, DC

50 years of observing wildlife and people

From: Fauna & Flora International

Sir David Attenborough charms new audiences in Washington, D.C.

To celebrate the third year of FFI's operations in the United States, on the 23rd of April 2007, FFI organized an evening with Sir David at the Cosmos Club, described by conservationist Wallace Stegner as the closest thing to a social club for Washington's intellectual elite.

More than 100 FFI board members, staff and distinguished guests gathered to hear Sir David's remarks on "Are we changing life on Earth?"

Sir David was clear in his remarks that the explosion in the human population is taking its toll on natural lands and resources, wildlife, and the fragile balance that is required to sustain life on Earth. Climate change being a case in point.

In his travels to remote corners of the planet for the last 50 years, Sir David has intimate knowledge of these changes. He shared his observations with the FFI's board, supporters, policy makers, conservationists, educators, and others, gathered that evening. Millions of people have watched his television documentaries and learned about nature and people, far removed from the urban settings
that is home to most of the planet's six billion inhabitants.
Knowing, Sir David said, is the key to harnessing our ability to appreciate and protect our precious planet.

With great enthusiasm and confidence, Sir David endorsed the 104
history of FFI's achievements in international conservation and encouraged the audience to join FFI's efforts to continue its remarkable record of place based, local and practical conservation efforts across the globe.

Graciously, Sir David agreed to a question and answer period. You can view videos of the evening and some of the questions and responses in the video clips posted on the site.

Our thanks again to Sir David Attenborough and all who made this exciting evening a reality in Washington, D.C.! We look forward to the next time.


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