The BBC's Sir David Attenborough has been sharing the wonders of the natural world since his twenties. Now 94 and still very active, he is championing the fight against the destruction of the ecosystem. His documentaries have become more grim and urgent, as the world he explores is under natural crisis. His journey is chronicled in ‘David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet.’
As the film moves through the decades, marking each stage of Attenborough’s career with the ever-declining state of the natural world, the percentage of remaining wildlife takes a dramatic plunge in the last thirty years, as the cumulative damage begins to snowball. It's not all gloom and doom, as the second half of the documentary highlights major victories and optimistic trends in the battle against climate change.
Rewilding seems key. The world’s jungles and rainforests, packed with an almost unimaginable abundance of life, should be viewed as sacred, simply by their very existence, but the fact that they capture carbon so effectively makes them absolutely vital to our future.
An analysis by Oxfam recently found that the world’s richest 1% are responsible for double the emissions of the poorest 50%, while a mere 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global carbon emissions. Unfortunately, the documentary remains mostly apolitical, which is dangerous in times when a climate denier is in the White House.