Intrepid traveller and documentary legend Sir David Attenborough has revealed his air-travelling days may be over and he may never fly again.
The 94-year-old, who recently worked on Netflix documentary A Life On Our Planet, while also shattering Instagram records at the same time, has opened up on his future in the air.
After spending 60 years travelling the world and exploring some of the most beautiful places on our planet, the screen icon has admitted it no longer brings him joy.
Asked if he will ever travel overseas again to film, he told Radio Times this week: ‘No, not a lot.’
Sir David added: ‘It’s probably a fact of age, but I was finding my heart was sinking deeper and deeper into my boots every time I walked up into an aircraft and looked down that long line and thought, “I’m going to be here for another 24 hours.”
‘It didn’t make my heart lift with pleasure.’
The nature historian, whose next endeavour, a Perfect Planet, will air next week, first travelled overseas for work in 1954, when he went to Sierra Leone for Zoo Quest, and recently reflected on all that he’d seen on his travels in A Life On Our Planet.
Warning us of the effects of climate change if we fail to act now, Sir David said: ‘Without being too portentous on this, I think humanity is at a crossroads and I think the natural world is really under serious, serious threat, and the consequences could be apocalyptic.
‘I think that I’ve had an extraordinarily fortunate life, I’ve worked for 60 years, making natural history films and it so happens, by happenstance, during those 60 years there have been greater changes between man and the natural world, for 1,000 years…I’ve been a witness to extraordinary, important changes in the relationship between the natural world and humanity and the world is facing serious problems.’
Sir David was recently awarded a lifetime achievement gong at the Rose d’Or Awards for his 60-year career in television.
Sir David said: ‘Television has achieved a great thing worldwide, making people everywhere aware of what’s happening to our environment.
‘If I’ve been a part of that and if this is a reward for that, well then, I thank you very much indeed. I’m most grateful.’
The much-loved star is one of the most recognisable faces – and of course voices – on British TV, and is best known for programmes including The Blue Planet II, Planet Earth II and Seven Worlds One Planet.
Read the full interview in the Radio Times.
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