David Attenborough named Londoner of the Year

By Sian Bayley and Abbianca Makoni, Trainee Journalists at the Evening Standard

Sir David Attenborough was named Londoner of the year at the London Press Club Awards Lunch at Stationers Hall on April 30.

The broadcaster and natural historian was commended for his work on global environment issues and his ability to spread the message through the use of streaming platforms such as Netflix.

Accepting his award today the 92-year-old spoke about the “transformative” power of television and the “fizz and excitement” of being there from the very beginning.

Attenborough, whose first job was Science Editor at Oxford University Press. discussed the development of communications over the years saying: “The entire population of the world can now see something when it goes out for the next six months or forever. What an exceptional transformation it has been – although, of course it can be used for rubbish, I hope it’s not.”

He argued television is helping to raise awareness of the natural world, but urged the audience to understand the real threat of climate change:

“The future of the world is in the hands of people, in the hands of humanity, we have made a mess of it so far,” he said.

Last year’s Londoner of the Year award was presented posthumously to Pc Keith Palmer who died in the Westminster terror attack. It was received on his behalf by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Previous winners include the Queen, Lord Sebastian Coe and Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

This article is reproduced by kind permission of the Evening Standard. Click the link below for the original and the Standard’s video coverage of the event: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/sir-david-attenborough-named-londoner-of-year-at-london-press-club-awards-a4130486.html

Richard Dymond

Honorary Treasurer and Director of the London Press Club and the London Press Club Ball.

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