Sir David Attenborough warns that humans `have overrun the world'

Brenda Watkins
January 17, 2020

"This new film will bring together those historic moments with his views on the current problems our natural world faces and how we can solve them".

Sir David Attenborough has produced a new documentary - A Life On Our Planet - in which he tells viewers that "our planet is headed for disaster". "Because the temperatures of the Earth are increasing", he told the BBC. We have. We know that perfectly well.

Britain's Sir David Attenborough attends the naming ceremony of Britain's new polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, in Birkenhead, northwest England on September 26, 2019.

"Now, for the first time he reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has seen".

While most political attention will be on climate change, 2020 is also seen as potentially vital for halting the damage human activity is having on ecosystems.

"Human beings have overrun the world", he says. "We're replacing the wild with the tame", he said, before issuing his most harrowing warning.

He said the way humans are living on this planet are "sending it into a decline" and if we don't change our act now, we can expect some serious consequences.

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It said the programmes will explore all aspects of the environment "at a local and global level" with Sir David Attenborough among those getting involved.

"And besides, we know how to do it - the paradox is that we refuse to take steps that we know need to be taken, and each year that goes by makes it increasingly hard to take those steps to reach".

Attenborough said the world can no longer prevaricate and delay decisions, and the change needed to be made not by appealing to optimism but by highlighting it is a life or death decision.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Sir David Attenborough attends the world premiere of "Seven Worlds, One Planet", the latest landmark series from BBC Studios Natural History Unit, Leicester Square, London.

"This film coincides with a monumental year for environmental action as world leaders make critical decisions on nature and climate".

The film will first get released in a bunch of countries, including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Australia and New Zealand, before being chucked onto Netflix for everyone to see.

'It sends a powerful message from the most inspiring and celebrated naturalist of our time'.

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