David Attenborough’s meaning of life: ‘I’m not afraid of dying’

Sir David Attenborough made his name as an animal expert and wildlife broadcaster, and the veteran presenter has played a huge role in moving millions across the globe to take action to protect the planet. But has he ever had the time to contemplate death?

“I’m not afraid of dying. What I am afraid of is that I don’t want to live out my life in poverty,” Attenborough told The Guardian in a new interview, adding that there is “nothing that can be prevented but the action we take.”

Attenborough has led the charge in highlighting the problem of wildlife extinction – and he seems to be enjoying the increased popularity his often bleak documentaries have been receiving in recent years.

“It always makes you very happy when people want to share it with their friends or family,” he said. “But, of course, it is not everybody that wants to watch [your programs] so as not to be preached to, but what they will do is offer the knowledge that helps them make their own decisions to adopt wildlife.”

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