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David Attenborough: We are out of touch with nature


People out of touch with nature, warns Sir David Attenborough

Veteran wildlife presenter says rapid urbanisation over past 60 years has put future of planet at risk.

Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough says people have a 'huge moral responsibility towards the rest of the planet'.

People in towns and cities are losing touch with the "realities of the natural world", which is putting the future of the planet at risk, Sir David Attenborough has warned.

The veteran wildlife presenter said due to rapid urbanisation over the past 60 years, a growing number of people were not regularly coming into contact with the natural world.

In an interview with Eureka magazine, published by the Times, he said: "We have a huge moral responsibility towards the rest of the planet. A hundred years ago people certainly had that … They were aware of the seasons and aware of what they were doing to the land and animals around them."

Attenborough, whose Frozen Planet series ends on the BBC next week, said UN figures showed that rapid urbanisation since the 1950s has led to more than 50% of the world's population living in towns and cities.

"So over 50% is to some degree out of touch with the natural world and don't even see an animal from one day to the next unless it's a rat or a pigeon," added the TV presenter. That means that people are getting out of touch with the realities of the natural world, of which we are in fact a part."

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