It’s an absolute must-watch.
It’s only been two days since the premiere of David Attenborough’s highly anticipated documentary A Life On Our Planet, and it’s already sending shockwaves through the world of social media as a result of its sensitive subject: the future of our planet. And not to boldly claim that everyone’s saying the same thing… But everyone’s saying the same thing.
Acting as both a ‘witness statement’ and an urgent call to action, the new documentary outlines the impact human activity has had on the world throughout Attenborough’s lifetime – with shocking figures showing that since the broadcaster was born, the Earth has lost a staggering 31% of its wilderness. Not only that, but the planet’s human population has more than tripled in less than a century, with carbon in the atmosphere increasing from 280PPM (parts per million) to 415PPM. It’s a shocking wake-up call, and Attenborough doesn’t mess around in letting us know how little time we have left to fix our mistakes.
From disturbing scenes of an Orangutan left clinging to the single last tree in an otherwise destroyed rainforest to illustrative scenes of the devastations we will see as early as 2030, Twitter users have been taking to the platform to express their enlightenment – with many pledging to take immediate action.
Outlining the effects meat production and overfishing have had on the environment, viewers of the show have vowed to change their diets after Attenborough’s plea – in which he explained how the world cannot cope with such high volumes of meat consumption. Outside studies have also found shocking statistics in relation to meat consumption, with Humane Society revealing that if all Americans ate meat-free just one day a week for a whole year, 1.4 billion animals would be spared, and 70 million gallons of gas could be preserved.
Other viewers have gone as far as calling on the general public to be more conscious with purchasing decisions – particularly those containing palm oil – with one user saying: “All those venting at “the big CEOs” for cutting down the rainforest after #ALifeOnOurPlanet but won’t change their own habits. 50% of all supermarket products contain palm oil. Cosmetics, cakes, biscuits, peanut butter the list goes on. Stop buying them. This is on all of us.”
If there’s one recurring theme, however, it’s that the documentary makes for vital viewing, with many stating that the footage should be shown in schools for our younger generations to learn from.
The documentary was originally slated for release earlier this year in the Spring, however, was forced to delay its premiere as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The special documentary is available to stream worldwide now on Netflix, with an accompanying book under the same title now in bookstores nationwide now.