Greta Thunberg and Sir David Attenborough Talk Climate Change
The young environmental activist and filmmaker met virtually for the first time.
16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg skyped with 93-year-old natural historian and filmmaker Sir David Attenborough. The two met virtually for the first time on Monday to talk about climate change and how to help inspire people to save the planet.
During their exchange, Thunberg told Attenborough that it was films like his about the environment and natural work that helped her realize how dire the climate crisis was. Attenborough also commended Thunberg for being largely responsible for bringing climate change to the forefront of people’s minds.
“You have woken up the world, really,” he said.
While Attenborough offered her advice on how to continue her activism, Thunberg said, “I don't know why people are listening to me.”
“I don't know how long it will last,” she continued. “I just know that right now people are listening to me, and I need to use that opportunity to try to get out as much as I can during that time."
Thunberg helped spark a global trend of young people demanding action against the global environmental crisis through the “Fridays for Future” protest movement. She has become an internationally recognized figure who has spoken at the United Nations and the World Economic Forum—she was also recently named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. Attenborough is best known for his natural history documentaries that celebrate the world’s plant and animal life.