UNEP / ATTENBOROUGH CHAMPION OF THE EARTH

21-Apr-2022 00:03:01
In an exclusive interview, David Attenborough, United Nations Champion of the Earth, and Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, discuss the importance of restoring nature and how science can appeal to people’s hearts. UNEP
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STORY: UNEP / ATTENBOROUGH CHAMPION OF THE EARTH
TRT: 3:01
SOURCE: UNEP
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 21 APRIL 2022, NAIROBI, KENYA / FILE
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FILE – NAIROBI, KENYA

1. Aerial shot, artwork of Saype at the UN compound

21 APRIL 2022, NAIROBI, KENYA

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP):
“Hello, Sir David. Let me just say that we are deeply honored to award you The United Nations Environment Program champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award. Oh, you have the award. Wow.”
3. SOUNDBITE (English) David Attenborough, United Nations Champion of the Earth:
And I'm truly, truly extremely honored.”
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP):
“Well, thank you. It's our great pleasure and honor.”
5. SOUNDBITE (English) David Attenborough, United Nations Champion of the Earth:
“We're in a new era. The United Nations is, without them, we will never solve the environmental crisis. The world has to get together. We are living in a new era in which nationalism is simply not enough. Nationalism is something we must wave goodbye to it. We must feel that we are all citizens of this one planet. Because unless we do, we won't solve the problems. We know what the problems are, and we know how to solve them. All we lack is unified action. These problems cannot be solved by one nation, no matter how big that single nation is. We can only speak man to man through devices like the one that we are speaking on now and hoping that we will persuade people around the world that if we act together, we can solve these problems. No question.”
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP):
“What message for young people do you have?”
7. SOUNDBITE (English) David Attenborough, United Nations Champion of the Earth:
“The message is that it can be done. The message is that it is possible. The message is that the
natural world has more resources than we can possibly imagine. We've worked out how to kill them. Now we could give them a chance for them to come back and save themselves and save us. And fortunately, the images of this device that we're talking on now have international understanding. It's they that will, in the end, convince people much more than any argument by me or a scientist or whatever it is. Seeing those things that everybody in the world recognizes are crucially important to this planet.”
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP):
“Well, Sir David Attenborough, it is a great honor for us to have this conversation with you. And it is an even greater honor, I would say, for us to be allowed to give you the champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award.”
9. SOUNDBITE (English) David Attenborough, United Nations Champion of the Earth:
“Thank you so much. It is a great honor. The United Nations, two of the most important words in any language and more important now than they have ever been.”

FILE – NAIROBI, KENYA

10. Aerial shot, artwork of Saype at the UN compound
STORYLINE
In an exclusive interview, David Attenborough, United Nations Champion of the Earth, and Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), discuss the importance of restoring nature and how science can appeal to people’s hearts.

The United Nations has recognized Attenborough’s outsized impact on the global environmental movement, presenting him with the UN Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Champions of the Earth award is the United Nation’s highest environmental honour and celebrates those who have dedicated their lives to tackling crises like climate change, species loss, and pollution.
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