The Attenborough effect: how Sir David became a rock god

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The Attenborough effect: how Sir David became a rock god

The 93-year-old, whose landmark new series is bigger and greener than ever, talks about young eco-activism and ageing

Joe Shute

Seven continents, 41 countries, 499 days spent travelling to 92 separate shoots ... the BBC has poured unprecedented resources into Sir David Attenborough’s latest landmark series.

But where once such figures were held up as a sign of the dedication of the filmmakers involved, now – in this era of acute climate consciousness – they raise a different question: is it worth racking up such a heavy toll in carbon to show us the damage humans are already doing to the world?

The 93-year-old broadcaster himself took two flights during the filming of Seven Worlds, One Planet, to Kenya and Iceland, but insists each was justified both in terms of carbon and cost...

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