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

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

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

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We all know about the ongoing climate debate and, like the author, some of us are willing to accept the indisputable evidence that climate change is seriously affecting our planet. He is exploring the various threats imposed by humans on our planet that is affecting its biodiversity. Perhaps not surprisingly they revolve to a certain degree around regenerating nature, or re-wilding it, and I think he's got a point. He explains the problems we have created, both for ourselves and for our home (are they even separate? A Life on Our Planet is one of the best books I’ve read this year and one of the best on sustainability.

With a new afterword, Why You Are Here: A speech on the opening of the COP26 climate summitAs a young man, I felt I was out there in the wild, experiencing the untouched natural world – but it was an illusion. Attenborough has left me with a very deep thought to ponder upon and likewise, I will leave you with the same: " Are we, like those poor people in Pripyat, sleepwalking into a catastrophe? So I hope humanity can get a grip and remember that if nothing else, it’ll save a lot of money (no matter how expensive some conservation efforts might seem at first glance) and it’d serve us well if we protected the very planet that is feeding us. In the first part of the book he takes us on a journey to revisit some important moments of his life, starting in 1937 when as a young boy he developed a fascination with fossils.

Following Attenborough’s career is very interesting, especially for those who love nature and animals, and are fans of his shows. Tenho um pingo de esperança na humidade quando ele cita exemplos de países que estão adotando essas práticas, mas ao ver nosso país, com nossos políticos jogando contra tudo o que David sugere, fico desanimado. When humankind as a whole is in a position to give back to nature at least as much as we take, and repay some of our debt, we will all be able to lead more balanced lives.

We are given a detailed, balance account of the history, current state and survival of our planet - and in turn, our species. A Life in our Planet is extremely well written and presented in a way that clearly outlines what is happening and why it is so catastrophic. As depressing as it may all appear to be, it is heartening to note that there have been progress made in certain sectors or countries, with notable impact in the targeted areas. Nici un ton apocaliptic nu ar fi fost potrivit, e adevărat, dar aș fi preferat și mai multe semnale de alarmă.

I am doing Attenborough a disservice by reducing this book to statistics, no matter how powerful they may be. Delightful autobiographical section to open this interesting book – 4 StarsA well-presented book that’s very easy to read, and I particularly enjoyed the opening section in which Sir David Attenborough gives us a potted autobiography covering several of his most notable broadcasts. In this book, the author mentions an association between the rise of emergent viruses and the planet's demise. I had believed from a very early age that the most important knowledge was that which brought an understanding of how the natural world worked.

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