Sir David Attenborough corrects fake quote on bees at a shopping centre

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Sir David Attenborough has personally intervened to get rid of a false quote on bees that was wrongly attributed to him on a plaque in a shopping center in Adelaide.

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The plaque quoted Sir David as saying: “The bee population has declined by a third in the past five years. If bees disappeared from the earth, humans would have only four years to live.

The plaque, below a mural of bees at Westfield Tea Tree Plaza, was first seen in July by science graduate Heather Hunter.


According to Britannica, while the loss of bees would have a significant impact on human food systems, it would not result in major crises such as famine or human population decline. Common Sense Encyclopedia said, “Most human calories still come from cereal grains, which are wind-pollinated, and are therefore unaffected by bee populations.”

In the past the wrong quote has been attributed to many eminent personalities, including Albert Einstein.

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Mr Hunter said he has seen the quote floating around the internet, but never “engraved it and displayed it in a public place”.

He reached out to the artist and was directed to manage the shopping center. “I just explained to them that it’s not true and would you mind removing it,” said Mr. Hunter, hoping the wrong quote would be replaced, reported ABC News,

However, it was still when he returned to the shopping center a few months later, and decided it was time to act.

Mr. Hunter then reached out to the famous broadcaster to get his attention.

Sir David responded to the Bachelor of Science, confirming that the plaque was incorrect.

“It is the most pity of you to bring to my attention the notice you describe at the Tea Tree Plaza in Adelaide. You are, of course, absolutely right in thinking that I never made the statements that They are attributable to me and they are liars – both in essence and in virtue,” wrote Sir David to Mr. Hunter.

He told Mr Hunter that he does not use email and therefore cannot contact the Tea Tree Center directly “but would be very grateful if you were able to forward this to the center on my behalf”. He attached another letter addressed to the shopping center, asking him to take down the plaque.

But even then the plaque was not removed for at least three weeks, Mr Hunter said. The factually incorrect plaque was removed on Monday only after plaza officials received a call from a journalist.

“I sent them about three weeks ago, but they got a call from a journalist yesterday morning and it came down very quickly,” Mr. Hunter said.

Westfield Tea Tree Plaza confirmed that the plaque had been removed. “We appreciate the customer bringing this to our attention,” a spokesperson said.


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