David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

This weekend I watched Sir David Attenborough’s documentary “A life on our planet”.


What a moving, impressive and confronting film.

The year is 2020 and the world population is 7.8 billion people. That’s nearly a fourfold increase since David Attenborough was born. In Attenborough’s new film, the relationship between population numbers, CO2 rising and nature that dies becomes painfully clear.

In Attenborough’s film, a counter occasionally appears that indicates the human population, the percentage of Earth’s surface that we can call nature, and the CO2 content of the atmosphere. There is a relationship between those numbers: population numbers and CO2 are rising, nature dies. I don’t need to explain to you that this relationship is not a coincidence.

If there’s one thing David Attenborough makes clear to us, it’s that none of us should consider it normal. That we must restore biodiversity, populate our planet less and adjust our diet. He paints a picture of what it will be like if we do nothing, but also that many good initiatives have already been taken.

But ….. we can do so much better together.

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