Dear Sir David Attenborough
For the longest time you have given a voice to the amazing diversity of flora and fauna this beautiful world has to offer. From the poles and deepest oceans to the wide empty plains you have captured the essence of every encounter and, with a reverence that approaches verbal poetry, have shared it with generations around the globe. My two and my eleven year old sons not only know who you are but are themselves huge fans of your nature documentaries. I tell you this because looking through your eyes at this planet is one of the greatest legacies you will leave to future generations. Who can doubt that those to come, those who will hopefully have more vision and care than generations past, will know how incredibly fortunate we are to live on this fragile blue marble spinning in the lonely darkness of space.
Sir, I am not ashamed to admit that when I bear witness to any great beauty in the natural world, whether standing on a hilltop as the great sun sets across the African savannah or peering at the curious and tiny lives that scurry and slither through the leaf litter, there is but one voice that resonates in my head; yours.
I wish you all the best for the future, and thank you with all my heart for the past.