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A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future

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Then in 1952 he joined the BBC as a trainee producer and it was while working on the Zoo Quest series (1954-64) that he had his first opportunity to undertake expeditions to remote parts of the globe to capture intimate footage of rare wildlife in its natural habitat. With just three statistical numbers - world population, carbon in atmosphere, and remaining wilderness - he was able to portray such a shockingly drastic deterioration of life on our planet that occurred just within the span of a human life. Therefore, I can imagine somewhat how Sir Attenborough must feel after all the things he's seen and experienced. That disaster is being brought about by the very things that allow us to live our comfortable lives. Some of the scientific solutions he proposes need further development, but a lot of the technology already exists.

Thank you to Netgalley, Random House and Sir David Attenborough for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. He is exploring the various threats imposed by humans on our planet that is affecting its biodiversity. Their sight, their hearing, their sense of smell are so similar to ours that they see the world in much the same way as we do. And he is very good at explaining his point so convisely and accessibly, and with such hope that even the cynics among us start wondering that maybe, just maybe, we have a chance after all.

It is human activity that seeks to simplify this complex arrangement into something approximating a line—petroleum fertilizer, to corn, to animal feed, to cow, to steak—a process that boosts short-term yield at the expense of long-term sustainability.

When energy flows in a single direction through a system, we use up fuel on one end and create a lot of waste on the other—somehting that cannot go on forever.But even for someone like me, who hasn't witnessed the changes first-hand, the numbers are disconcerting to say the least. Attenborough is a naturalist, and he sees the climate crisis as, first and foremost, a crisis of biodiversity loss. A relatively short book, but it is possibly the book we must all read especially world leaders and decision makers.

He makes examples of how our natural world has suffered due to us humans, but also gives hope for the future of practical ways in which to reverse the damage we have done to our planet. One cannot talk about saving the earth when they partake in the single biggest contributor to natural destruction, climate change, habitat loss and species extinction. Wild boars, deers and other species also recovered, triggering a chain reaction that resulted in foxes, badgers and even lynxes being seen frequently again. of Life (1990), The Private Life of Plants (1995), Life of Birds (1998), The Blue Planet (2001), Life of Mammals (2002), Planet Earth (2006) and Life in Cold Blood (2008).An intimate, urgent and impassioned book borne out of a lifetime's experience and knowledge, it will also present his view on the future that lies ahead if we continue as we are, and a plan for how to avoid that future. In 1971, he travelled to South-East Asia, New Guinea and other places, and the world could no longer ignore the fact that nature wasn't indestructible, no matter your religious beliefs (very much a thing back then, refusing to accept that nature was as finite as everything else). The only thing that let this down for me is that I tended to find the latter sections a little too ‘preachy’ in tone – I felt as though I was being lectured rather than inspired to engage. Ascultată ca audiobook, tratată în mod pertinent (deh, e vorba de Attenborough), prezintă principalele probleme cu care ne confruntăm, dar și soluții pe termen scurt și lung.

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