Life on our planet

David Attenborough’s new Netflix film, A Life on Our Planet, takes the viewer from the 1930s to present day, explaining how human technology and evolution has led to the overexploitation of the natural world.

This film takes you from the end of the Holocene which consists of a balanced natural world and the ecosystems keep this balance in check. It demonstrates the exploitation of industries and the start of the Anthropocene with its visibly damaging consequences.

Some of the problems that I have highlighted in my posts, such as the environmental harm currently taking place, are explained in the process. It highlights the dominance of the human race but also the vulnerability of Earth; demonstrating our key role in the process for our need to change and repair what we have taken for granted.

The film covers issue such as global warming, deforestation and species extinction. As David Attenborough explains these changes, it is clear that our rapid expansion has been beneficial to us but at the detriment of everything else that exists on our planet.

The film outlines what we have to face in the near future and the consequences that our damaging practices will have on the rest of the world. Highlighting how scientific predictions need to be seriously considered and acted upon now rather than later.

One of the very clever pieces of editing which takes place in the documentary film is the annual counter of the human population and natural wildlife. With each jump closer to present day, the increase in human population and decrease in the natural world offer a sobering visual demonstration of how we impact the planet. Thus, the need for us to transition to greener solutions are key as we are crucial to the solution of climate change as much as we are the problem.

So please go and watch this film on Netflix, I feel it is crucial for people to understand the message and the issues explored in this documentary.

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