Sir David Attenborough, who has become so synonymous with documentaries about our natural world, you only need hear his voice and you know what you are about to watch will be beautifully photographed, educational, moving and ultimately inspiring.
Our Planet, his new original project produced in partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and screening exclusively on Netflix from tonight is, I must admit, next level.
The series will drop at 7.01pm tonight (AEDST) simultaneously as the Our Planet website goes live.
Filmed over four years, in 50 countries across all the world’s continents, this ambitious eight-part series will explore the ways in which our natural world co-exists, each relying on the other for survival.
From a breeding colony of birds on the coast of Peru to the great ice caps of the Arctic to the jungles of Indonesia, this series showcases not only the stunning beauty of our planet, but the connections that form the circle of life and allow species and eco-systems to survive and thrive.
And yet sadly, this is all under threat.
- Human population has doubled since the moon landing, just 50 years ago
- All the species of animals that live in forests are still not catalogued
- Half of all land animals live in forests
- Tropical rainforests cover just 7% of the land
- Polar regions are warming faster than any other part of the planet.
- The Arctic is an ocean, not a land mass, and life there is disappearing.
- 75 million tonnes of ice is breaking free every 20 minutes and while this has always happened, it is now happening twice as fast as it did 20 years ago
- In the last 50 years, wildlife populations have declined by up to 50% and for the first time in human history, we cannot take nature for granted.
The first human settlements some 10,000 years worked with nature, nurturing the environment that in turn, enabled civilisation to thrive. That is not the case today as humans take and take and take some more.
Our planet needs our help and to do that, we need to understand how the natural world works and how we all can help it recover and thrive once more.
Sea levels are rising, this affects water salinity and ocean currents. Crucial connections are being disrupted and what we humans do over the next 20 years will determine the future of all life on earth.
Release Date: April 5, 2019
Who is in it: many of the creatures of the world, many of the plant species of the world, eight gazillion insects, an ever diminishing natural environment.
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