By Leonardo Cervantes
Netflix’s “David Attenborough: A Life on our Planet” informs the viewer on how badly humans have managed to ruin the world’s ecosystems and accelerate the world’s end.
The film emphasizes the loss of the planet’s biodiversity.
The way humans are living now is sending biodiversity into a decline. David Attenborough has had a 60-year career as a naturalist and has visited every continent across the globe.
He makes a unique comparison by pointing out how Pripyat, a city in Ukraine, became uninhabitable due to a Chernobyl explosion.
If humans do not improve the earth’s living conditions, then it will also become uninhabitable just like the city in Pripyat Ukraine.
Attenborough is a 93-year-old naturalist who has lived an extraordinary life by witnessing the beauty and downfall of planet earth.
The living world is a beautiful and vibrant place that has birthed many unique beings.
Planet earth is a marvel that should be appreciated, yet humans have treated it poorly.
Humans have trashed the planet and have overrun the world.
They continue doing this with no signs of stopping.
Each year that passes gets worse and the ticking time bomb on earth grows closer and closer.
The film talks about how precious rainforests are and how more than half of the species on land live there.
The viewers can see that rainforests play a vital role in the planet as they absorb carbon dioxide and increase local humidity.
Yet people continue to tear down and ruin rainforests.
Not only are they ruining the earth and destroying an important habitat, but also destroying animal homes.
Animals are either killed off or are forced to migrate.
When habitats such as rainforest are destroyed, it increases the chances of animals becoming extinct or endangered.
The planet is rapidly headed for disaster due to the carelessness of mankind. Humans must learn how to adapt and work with mother nature rather than fight against it.
Instead of hunting animals and forcing them on as pets, humans can admire them from afar.
Attenborough traveled to Boreno in 1957 and observed an orangutan swaying across the trees.
In the 1950s, Borneo was three quarters covered with rainforest, but by the end of the century, it had been reduced by half and there were no longer any orangutans living there.
Animals and nature should be appreciated rather than having their natural world conquered by humans.
The film provides data how in 1937, the world population was 2.3 billion and the remaining wilderness was 66%.
Today, the world population is 7.8 billion and the renaming wilderness is at 35%.
Humans are in a global crisis and future generations will face great disaster if Earth is not better cared for.
Attenborough estimates that by 2100 the world’s sixth mass extinction would be well underway if the necessary changes aren’t made.
Attenborough’s vision for saving the planet is pointing out how overpopulated earth is and how that can be fixed.
It is a feasible solution albeit a sensitive topic for some people. Humans must try to limit the number of children they birth.
Over the last few decades Japan’s birth rate has gotten lower each year. Other countries can contribute to saving the world by having fewer children.
It is not too late for humans to save Earth and save themselves. In order to restore stability and save the planet humans must restore its biodiversity.
Humans can prevent the end by eating less meat and lowering birth rates.
Attenborough said, “If we all had a largely plant-based diet, we would need only half the land we use at the moment.”
As Attenborough said, “Humans must rewild the world.” If humans are unable to make the necessary adjustments, while they might not feel the full effects of the downfall of earth, future generations sure will.