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

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Why is it that our home is crying and instead of succumbing to our love for home, we are growing aloof from it?

Personally, I've seen it here in my area: storks were gone for over 15 years, we barely had any amphibians left, the water quality dropped significantly (which, by the way, meant we needed to apply expensive methods to clean it enough to make it drinkable so saving the environment might even be cheaper), foxes and badgers weren't seen, the forests grew sick, a lack of birds of prey meant the place being overrun by vermin or people needing to use terrible poisons to get a hold of the situation. We've not only got ourselves into this climate crisis, but we've also started the sixth extinction event with our behaviour, and it's going to hurt us as well if we don't manage to turn this around. Love his voice and these dire warnings sure make one aware of how much we have destroyed and where exactly we are going if things don't start changing soon. He manages to hold your attention and get his stark message in an easily understandable way, that very few others could manage. 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.When energy flows in a single direction through a system, we use up fuel on one end and create a lot of waste on the other—somehting that cannot go on forever. He's got this infectious fascination for life on this planet that I can never help being swept along with. In the third part of the book he shows what is already done in parts of the world and what has to be done globally to put things right.

Considering that he is over 90 years old, he got a good look at a number of really important events in our recent history (from World War 2 and humans landing on the Moon to the Chernobyl disaster and more). A starred review for Kirkus Reviews praised the book as "excellent", finding Attenborough "refreshingly optimistic" and the book useful for "anyone concerned with the planet's ecological future".That disaster is being brought about by the very things that allow us to live our comfortable lives. From Boltzmann to quantum theory, from Einstein to loop quantum gravity, our understanding of time has been undergoing radical transformations.

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. However, as an introduction to some of the current environmental challenges, I think this offers a pretty good overview.A Life on Our Planet : My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future, David Attenborough ( paperback May 2022) Rp 205.

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