Last year I had the craziest experience! I fell in love with a 93 year old man!
I’d been renting out an Airbnb in Cape Town that had Netflix, which resulted in me binge watching the entire season of Blue Planet 11 narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the world’s most well known naturalist and enviromentalist.
I was totally entranced by these BBC documentaries, and would sit lovingly watching each episode.
His clear, soothing voice beautifully narrating the reality of the fragile uniqueness of each creature or location. Exquisite videography of underwater and land scenes delighted my mind so, that I was hooked. (Sincere apologies to Game of Thrones, The Crown, Breaking Bad…I still haven’t even watched one episode of any of these!)
My family started to roll their eyes as most of my sentences started with his name, as if we were on first name terms! I was so inspired that I wanted to share the brilliance of what I’d seen and heard with everyone.
I even had visions of meeting up with him face to face over a cup of British tea when I visit the UK in June 2020 for one of my best friend’s wedding. You never know…the power of positive thinking…
And then brilliant news……I wasn’t as looney as my family were suspecting. The effect on me was actually a thing! A real something with a name and everything! A phenomenon which has impacted the entire planet and is called “The Attenborough Effect”.
Not just me. But millions of people around the world have been inspired by this incredible enviromentalist, who has been romancing us with this beautiful voice in wildlife documentaries for decades.
According to the Glorious Mr. Google, as a result of his documentaries, online searches for plastic recycling has sky rocketed, the use of single use plastics has plummeted worldwide, red carpet super stars are wearing exquisite creations made from recycled plastic and #ecowarrior is a respected hashtag to attach to your social media.
Most importantly, declaring that you’ve have been lovingly washing recyclable ‘stuff’ for decades with the rest of your dishes now gets you nods of approval, instead of an eye roll together with a deep sigh of “OMG is she nuts or what!?!”
So yes, this man, in his magnificence has created a response like a giant Mexican wave. He has shown us how beautiful our planet is in all it’s exquisite diversity and glory, and every human being who has witnessed these inspiring documentaries cannot help but leap out of their seats of mundane domesticity to cheer “Yes! I’m in! I’m committed to making a difference on our planet!”
With Gratitude to David, the BBC and all the hardworking filmers committed to capturing these beautiful images for us to view safely from our couches xxx