A Catholic schoolgirl has been inspired to be an advocate for a more sustainable planet after receiving an encouraging, unexpected letter from Sir David Attenborough.
Passionate environmentalist Alys Price-Jones, 10, admitted she was surprised to receive the note of support from the world-renowned natural historian, who she considers “the greatest living Englishman”, and vowed to treasure the letter for the rest of her life.
Alys, a pupil at Loreto Preparatory School in Altrincham, Cheshire, sent her project on the planet’s threatened ecology with a letter of explanation to Sir David Attenborough – and was amazed to receive a handwritten reply by return of post.
Sir David wrote ‘Alys, Thank you for letter. You are quite right to be angry about the damage human beings are inflicting on the Earth and I hope you will do what you can and where you can to help. Best Wishes, David Attenborough.’
Alys, who lives in Sale, said: “I couldn’t believe he could find time to write to me. He’s is definitely the greatest living Englishman and someone that I and all my friends look up to and respect. I will treasure this letter for the rest of my life; my mum is going to get it framed.”
Alys added: “It is up to everyone, young and old, to make a difference. Protests are all well and good, but it is action we need – to reduce the use of plastic bags and bottles, use more renewable energy and reduce the amount of red meat we all eat.
“I recycle now. I prefer to walk than have mum and dad take me on short journeys and I am trying to eat more plants, and we can all do the same. I am always on at my mum and dad about this and to be fair, they are taking it on board and agree with me.
“I wish there were more people like Sir David Attenborough and fewer like Donald Trump,” Alys added. “He seems more concerned with politics, weaponry and getting himself re-elected than the future of the planet.”
Loreto Preparatory School head teacher Anne Roberts said: “Alys is a very bright and compassionate girl and like all of our pupils is very concerned about our planet’s.
“Sir David must receive so many requests so all of us at Loreto Preparatory School, pupils and teachers alike, were delighted that he has recognised the excellence of Alys’ school project. What a wonderful man.”
Picture: Sir David Attenborough. (Ian West/PA).