Prince William jokes about unpredictable children as he interviews Sir David Attenborough

Katie Ramirez
January 26, 2019

The interview with the second in line to the British throne came a day after Sir David Attenborough warned "The Garden of Eden is no more", referring to the Old Testament paradise garden.

"We can wreck it easily", he said of the natural world.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge interviews naturalist Sir David Attenborough during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 22, 2019.

Reading from a list of prepared questions, William said: "Normally i have to endure people asking me questions, so it's nice to be turning the tables for once".

Ms Ardern was on the panel Safeguarding Our Planet, chaired by former US Vice President Al Gore, that featured renowned natural history broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough.

Heeding his words, the prince said: "Work to save the planet is probably going to largely happen on our watch". The natural world, of which we are a part, is incredibly complex and it has connections all over the place.

The former air ambulance pilot met Attenborough's praise of a helicopter pilot who helped achieve a camera shot for his new Netflix documentary series Our Planet by remarking "all helicopter pilots are very skillful, David".

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"But we haven't yet applied ourselves to this problem with the focus that it requires". "We need to move beyond guilt or blame, and get on with the practical tasks at hand".

He said more people now, than ever, are out of touch with the natural world.

According to the Guardian, Sir David said that back then, the world felt unexplored and exciting, particularly when visiting the Tropics for the first time. On Tuesday, during a taped discussion with the U.K.'s Prince William, keeping with the theme of the damage we have done to the environment, Attenborough stated that the human race was "so numerous, so powerful, so all-pervasive", before adding "the mechanisms that we have for destruction are so wholesale and so frightening".

In a BBC tribute programme marking the world-famous broadcaster's 90th birthday in 2016, Prince William called him a "national treasure". It's not just a question of beauty or interest or wonder; the essential ingredient of human life is a healthy planet.

Sir David, who was given a Crystal Award for his leadership in environmental stewardship, outlined how United Nations decisions on climate change, sustainable development and a new deal for nature would shape the future.

Sir David said that when he started broadcasting "the notion that humanity might exterminate a whole community of animals was quite foreign".

The pair also discussed how Sir David will be seeking a global deal for nature in Beijing in 2020.

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