Down To Earth: David's Wise Advice

New Zealand Woman's Weekly|April 6, 2020

Down To Earth: David's Wise Advice
The natural wonder believes in modesty

“When people want me to do things, I do things,” the 93-year-old tells. “If they don’t want me to do it, I’ve retired.

“I have the greatest job in the world, you know. What a privileged time I’ve had… better than sitting in the corner knitting.”

With his latest series, A Life on Our Planet, due to be released on streaming giant Netflix, David’s been in an unusually reflective mood.

And there’s a lot to reflect on. He’s seen it all – literally. David’s been to almost every corner of the planet to document its unique, weird and wonderful flora and fauna. It’s a passion that’s seen the vast majority of his own life catalogued in his hundreds of films about Earth.

“I have had the most extraordinary life. It’s only now that I appreciate how extraordinary. Virtue is not involved; I just arrived at the right time.

“I’ve been lucky enough to spend my life exploring the wild places on the planet and I’ve travelled to every part of the globe. In truth, I couldn’t imagine living my life any other way.”


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April 6, 2020