Is David Attenborough vegan? Seven Worlds, One Planet and many diets!

Seven Worlds, One Planet

Sir David Attenborough is back on our screens in his new series Seven Worlds, One Planet.

If there's one thing that the whole of the UK can get behind, it's that Sir David Attenborough is, without a doubt, a bonafide national treasure. 

The legendary broadcaster and natural historian, now 93-years-old, has been working to bring our planet's natural world onto our television screens since the 1950s and in doing so, has shone more light on the effects of climate change on our natural world than almost anyone else. 

Naturally, this has driven many people to wonder just what Sir David Attenborough himself does to combat climate change and to protect our planet's wildlife.

Attenborough's new series: Seven Worlds, One Planet

David Attenborough's new series, Seven Worlds, One Planet made its BBC One debut on Sunday, October 27th and will run for a total of seven episodes.

Each episode focuses on one of Earth's seven continents with the opening episode of the series focusing on the harshest and toughest of them all, Antarctica.

Seven Worlds, One Planet

Seven Worlds, One Planet and its hard-hitting message

The first episode in the new series made no small effort to shy away from the problems facing the natural world in the 21st century.

We see penguins struggling to get out to into open sea thanks to waves of melted polar ice that make them an easy target for predators but more harrowingly, the changes in our planet's weather are made abundantly clear in a sequence featuring a colony of albatrosses and how the young chicks can be blown from their nests thanks to howling winds that batter their habitats.

The series is clearly going in hard on the urgent need for action to tackle global warming and naturally fans of the series have turned to David Attenborough himself for guidance.

Seven Worlds, One Planet Baby Albatross

Is David Attenborough vegan?

No. In an interview with The Radio Times earlier in 2019, Sir David Attenborough revealed that he is not a strict vegan or vegetarian but also said that he has lost his appetite for meat due to the state of the planet and need for change. 

In the interview, the legendary broadcaster said that: "I’m not a vegetarian in the sense that I would actually throw up if I saw or touched a piece of meat but I eat very little meat at all."

According to Joseph Poore of Oxford University, who spoke to The Guardian in May 2018, said that "a vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use."

While a full vegan diet is reportedly the best way to go, reducing your meat intake, as Sir David Attenborough attests to, is another step in the right direction of helping to save the planet.

In the meantime, Seven Worlds, One Planet continues each Sunday at 6:15pm until the seven-episode series comes to an end on December 8th, 2019.

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