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A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and Vision for the Future Paperback – 1 January 2099
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I am David Attenborough. At time of writing, I am 93 years old. I've had an extraordinary life. It's only now that I appreciate how extraordinary.
As a young man, I felt I was out there in the wild, experiencing the untouched natural world - but it was an illusion. The tragedy of our time has been happening all around us, barely noticeable from day to day - the loss of our planet's wild places, its biodiversity.
I have been witness to this decline. A Life on Our Planet contains my witness statement, and my vision for the future - the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake, and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right.
We have the opportunity to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited.
All we need is the will do so.
About the Author
His first job - after Cambridge University and two years in the Royal Navy - was at a London publishing house. 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.
He was Controller of BBC 2 (1965-68), during which time he introduced colour television to Britain, then Director of Programmes for the BBC (1969-1972). In 1973 he abandoned administration altogether to return to documentary-making and writing, and has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several
landmark BBC series, includingLife on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials
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).
Sir David was knighted in 1985, is an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and a
Fellow of the Royal Society, and stands at the forefront of issues concerning the planet's
declining species and conservation.
- Publisher : EBURY PRESS - TRADE (1 January 2099)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529108284
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529108286
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 2.1 x 23.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 139,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But the last section "A Vision for the Future" is full of hope. Realistic hope because it is based on knowledge and technologies that we have in the here and now. Wonderful examples of how we can do things differently. Delivered with all the enthusiasm we have come to expect from David. You can actually here in his words David speaking to the camera in those wonderful dulcet tones.
An absolute must read for all on this planet.
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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.
This book is split into three parts covering different aspects of how we have changed the very fabric of our planet earth.
Part one of the book covers David Attenborough's time of how he started making programs of all natural world and how the effects we have had on the planet and animals were already being seen and continues up until present day.
Part two tells us of things to come if we don't change or do so at a slow pace and how these things are already beginning right now.
Part three is what we all need to do to hopefully slow the pace and eventually change the course of fate that we and are planet are on. Helping to restore nature to its natural balance and live within our means in a more sustainable and sensible way.
This book is quite hard hitting and upsetting, but David Attenborough brings his love and passion of nature out to us to encourage us to make a difference and save the planet not just for ourselves but for future generations.