Brilliant Mind Pre-Empts Criminal Minds

TV1 is pre-empting Monday’s Criminal Minds to screen a David Attenborough special in which the ‘nigh-on-90 naturalist is interviewed by President Obama.

Here’s TV1’s announcement:

Recorded in May on Attenborough’s 89th Birthday, the programme will air a day after its international BBC One premiere.

President Barack Obama interviews Sir David Attenborough at the White House, and during this candid meeting, they discuss the future of the planet, their passion for nature and what can be done to protect it.

The leader of the Western world wanted to meet Attenborough to talk to him about climate change, its effect on the environment, and to ask Attenborough his thoughts on the most critical issues threatening our planet.

The President has long been a huge admirer of Attenborough’s work. He grew up watching Attenborough’s films, and after 60 years exploring the globe Sir David has witnessed the changing natural world first-hand.

Viewers will witness a unique exchange between the two men: the President talks about his initiatives for tackling climate change and addressing environmental issues, as well as his paternal roots in Africa and how his childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia established an enduring love of the natural world.

David Attenborough relates tales from his long career, his recent record-breaking dive on the Great Barrier Reef and what he believes needs to be done about pressing issues such as the rising population, climate change and renewable energy.

During the interview, Obama says: “What we’re seeing are global trends that depend on the entire world working together, and sadly we haven’t made as much progress as we need to on climate change.”

Attenborough says: “On my 89th birthday it was to my considerable surprise to find myself in a place that I’ve never been to before …  to visit the White House with the President of the United States. (He was) friendly, hospitable and genuine.”

“I think what’s required is an understanding and a gut feeling that the natural world is part of your inheritance. This is the only planet we’ve got and we’ve got to protect it.

“And people do feel that, deeply and instinctively, it is after all where you go in moments of celebration and in moments of grief.”

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