David Attenborough quotes
The climate, the economic situation, rising birth rates; none of these things give me a lot of hope or reason to be optimistic.
Cameramen are among the most extraordinarily able and competent people I know. They have to have an insight into natural history that gives them a sixth sense of what the creature is going to do, so they can be ready to follow.
I'm against this huge globalisation on the basis of economic advantage.
People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure.
It's a moral question about whether we have the right to exterminate species.
All our environmental problems become easier to solve with fewer people and harder - and ultimately impossible to solve - with ever more people.
It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for - the whole thing - rather than just one or two stars.
If I can bicycle, I bicycle.
The only way to save a rhinoceros is to save the environment in which it lives, because there's a mutual dependency between it and millions of other species of both animals and plants.
I had a huge advantage when I started 50 years ago - my job was secure. I didn't have to promote myself. These days there's far more pressure to make a mark, so the temptation is to make adventure television or personality shows. I hope the more didactic approach won't be lost.
I don't run a car, have never run a car. I could say that this is because I have this extremely tender environmentalist conscience, but the fact is I hate driving.
The whole of science, and one is tempted to think the whole of the life of any thinking man, is trying to come to terms with the relationship between yourself and the natural world. Why are you here, and how do you fit in, and what's it all about.
Steve Irwin did wonderful conservation work but I was uncomfortable about some of his stunts. Even if animals aren't aware that you are not treating them with respect, the viewers are.
Birds are the most popular group in the animal kingdom. We feed them and tame them and think we know them. And yet they inhabit a world which is really rather mysterious.
Dealing with global warming doesn't mean we have all got to suddenly stop breathing. Dealing with global warming means that we have to stop waste, and if you travel for no reason whatsoever, that is a waste.
I mean, it is an extraordinary thing that a large proportion of your country and my country, of the citizens, never see a wild creature from dawn 'til dusk, unless it's a pigeon, which isn't really wild, which might come and settle near them.
I can mention many moments that were unforgettable and revelatory. But the most single revelatory three minutes was the first time I put on scuba gear and dived on a coral reef. It's just the unbelievable fact that you can move in three dimensions.
It's coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It's not just climate change; it's sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now.
Crying wolf is a real danger.
An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.
There are some four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. Four million different solutions to the problems of staying alive.
There is no question that climate change is happening; the only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it.
Many individuals are doing what they can. But real success can only come if there is a change in our societies and in our economics and in our politics.
The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?
Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?
It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.