A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and Vision for the Future Audio CD – 6 October 2020
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- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1549161474
- ISBN-13 : 978-1549161476
- Dimensions : 14.61 x 1.91 x 14.61 cm
- Publisher : Hachette B and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (6 October 2020)
- Language: : English
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About the Author
Sir David Attenborough is a winner of the Emmy Awardwinning broadcaster and natural historian. He is the internationally bestselling author of over twenty-five books, including Life on Earth. In 2002, he was named among the 100 Greatest Britons following a United Kingdom-wide poll for the BBC. He has also served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s, and as the president of the Royal Society for Nature Conservation in the 1990s.
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David Attenborough reminds us of one good achievement, the big reduction in the mass slaughter of whales which commenced in the 19th century through to the mid 20th century. He also says we will have to practice conservation of seafood in the future. An amazing book from a renowned author, now in his nineties !
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I received the book yesterday and have been so engrossed by the content that I have already finished it.
To me the book felt like the right length; it went through what the problems are in clear language, and what the solutions are. The images and pictures were also nice little breathers as you are reading the book.
The evidence and predictions of what could happen if nothing changes is horrifying, but the solutions do give hope for the future, if they are implemented.
I hope that politicians everywhere are given a copy of this book and read it.
David Attenborough is quite rightly a hero to many people, myself included. It is amazing that he is 94 years old and still fighting hard to save the natural world, with this book and the related film his latest brilliant efforts.
He is an inspiration to us all and this book should be read by anyone that is a human and lives on planet earth!
The book covers various aspects of how things used to be and have changed over the years. It covers sections on how we've extracted more and more from our surroundings over the decades to the current unsustainable levels.
I found the potential future options interesting to read because it outlines how the rest of our (and our kids) lives will be affected over the next 10-80 years or so.
It seems to also highlight how much our governments, banks and big corporations roles play into the state of our planet, how much we need them to change so that our individual choices can actually make a significant difference.
Like his Netflix program (and others), this is part of a new, and much needed trend of highlighting the issues we face as a result of our greed and consequent destruction of the Earths natural ecosystems. Along with 'Game Changers' & 'The Minimalists', it shows a shift in thought and an ever-increasing acceptance of the problems we have caused, and will hopefully drive the change we need.
Personally, it's been refreshing to discuss the issues in the book with my 'normal' friends, showing that a new audience is being reached. Unlike the road-blocking XR 'crusties' who continuously make environmentalism unappealing to the general public, Attenborough delivers his message with the typical grace that has made him a household name.
I've given the book 4/5 purely because of the 'price-to-length' ratio. It is not a long read. Also, if you are already well versed in geography/environmental issues, you won't learn anything new. Either way, an important book, and a good read.