A Life on Our Planet

David Attenborough

A Life on Our Planet



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In the last ninety years, life on our planet has changed tangibly: biodiversity has drastically declined, the temperature has risen, and the oceans have been stripped bare. Naturalist and pioneer of nature documentaries, David Attenborough, has been struck by these changes during his long career in which he has made approximately 400 trips to 94 different countries. Life on our planet. My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future is an honest and powerful testament to the change we need to make as a species. In these pages the zoologist-turned planet ambassador talks about his life and how the world has changed over the years. In true David Attenborough style, his book does not simply list the problems we are facing on our planet, it provides real solutions we can all draw inspiration from to help turn the tide before - it's too late.

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Analysis and key concepts


The privilege of living a comfortable life has led us towards an unyielding loss of biodiversity


Attenborough’s experiences with the BBC have shown him that the idea of ​​an unexplored and virgin world is just an illusion


By 2020, the depletion of the planet’s resources had become a depressing reality


Humans have invaded the Earth, and treat it as though they were its only inhabitants


If we don’t turn things around immediately, the Earth is at risk, over the coming decades, of becoming the new Pripyat


We must allow the wilderness to reassert itself (rewilding)


The concept of rewilding is linked to limiting population growth




Take-home message

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Many useful tips to:

  • Understand how we arrived at what David Attenborough calls our biggest mistake: the loss of biodiversity.
  • Realise that it is possible to solve the environmental and climate crisis, but only if action is taken immediately.
  • Accept that we are all part of the problem, but even more importantly, that we must be part of the solution.

Sir David Attenborough is Britain’s best-known nature expert and film maker, whose career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly seven decades. He has made nature documentaries all over the world - and is one of the most respected natural science communicators in the world. He was previously controller of BBC Two and, in the 1960s and 1970s, became the Director of Programmes for the BBC. He is a longstanding honorary member of the Royal Society and the Zoological Society of London. For his many merits, Attenborough has received several honours, including a Knighthood, and a record number of international honorary degrees.

Publishing house:

Grand Central Publishing