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David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

David Attenborough, who has been studying, filming, and telling stories about the planet and its inhabitants for many, many decades now, reflects on his life’s work in meeting head-on the impending crisis of the Holocene: Climate change and its acceleration caused by humans. Throughout the film that parallels his journeys and his fascination with nature, he marks various decades with three basic statistics: Population; Atmospheric Carbon PPM; and percentage of the world that is wilderness. Human’s footprint is unmistakable, and he projects what will happen over the next 80 years (much of which is already happening today). Attenborough does provide rays of hope, which is a strong part of the film – he talks about how we can navigate the coming crisis. While such action requires a global mindset and effort, it leaves the film with a hopeful end. I really enjoyed it; I did not learn anything really new, but the photographs are lovely to look at, and it was fun to listen to Attenborough reflect on his life and his love of nature. (2020; 4 Stars)

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