New Delhi, May 19: Renowned naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has been conferred with the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2019.
Sir Attenborough's name was selected by an international jury chaired by former President Pranab Mukherjee, said Suman Dubey, convener of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust on Tuesday.
“Few individuals have come to be as identified with the well being of our planet, of all living creatures, and their relationship with human beings, as Sir David,” said the Trust in a statement. For five decades, Sir Attenborough has produced and anchored the most compelling visual documentaries and histories of animals and plant life on Earth.
He has also written numerous fascinating books on his projects.
“In a lifetime of communicating effectively and evocatively about the natural world, he has become a powerful and persuasive voice on the need to heed warnings of looming ecological disaster, to maintain the earth’s delicate ecological balance, and to cherish and preserve the natural world” the Trust said.
As a natural historian and broadcaster, he has educated and made aware many generations, and many millions of ordinary people, of the glory of life on the planet and dangers that imperil it. Sir Attenborough’s work, most of it for the BBC, has received wide recognition.
“The 2019 prize is awarded to Sir Attenborough for a lifetime of doing more to reveal the wonders of the natural world to us than perhaps any other individual, for tirelessly working to awaken humankind to the need to preserve and protect the biodiversity on our planet, to live in a sustainable and harmonious way with all life, and to stop being what he has called a ‘plague on earth’", the Trust added. (UNI)