The 94-year-old natural historian admits that his “Life in Color” series – a two-part show filmed on the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya – is markedly different from some of his recent work, but does promise that there are more intense documentaries currently in Job.
He explained: “You could say that in the past we have focused on an idealized world where there are many and many animals, but I don’t think you can blame us for this nowadays.
“In fact, the opposite is true. I think a lot of people think we spend all of our time saying, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, what a catastrophe is ahead of us,” which is perfectly true.
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“But this series is about what it’s about, what color is and yes, just being happy about it.”
Even so, Attenborough – who recently turned his attention to climate change – insisted that he would continue to investigate serious environmental problems.
He told Radio Times, “I do a lot of ‘I hurt’ programs right now!”
Attenborough previously lamented the lack of international cooperation on climate change.
The broadcaster acknowledged that it was a “global problem” but also insisted that “we can do many things”.
He said, “It’s difficult, isn’t it, because it’s a global problem that needs global solutions.
“But we can do many things, and I think one of the best mottos you can have is not to waste things. Don’t waste food. Don’t waste electricity, don’t waste gas, don’t waste paper.
“All of these things make demands on the planet, and if we all lived more economically the world would be a much better place.”