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

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But using the lifespan of a single man (albeit one quite advanced in years) did effectively showcase the enormous rate of change being undergone by the earth. It's partly David Attenborough's work biography, which for someone that has watched as much of his work as I have is fascinating.

I've been following the climate change debate for some time now, and a couple of years ago I realised something interesting, or perhaps peculiar is better word for it. Attenborough cites government intervention in Costa Rica causing deforestation to reverse, Palau's fishing regulations and improved use of land in the Netherlands as good examples. Tuna sweep around the baitfish, penning them against the surface, swimming around them to drive them into a tight ball. Vor allem der zweite Teil ist absolut niederschmetternd und hatte mich schon am Punkt der Verzweiflung.

And, if you listen to him tell it, you can almost believe that we can make it safe for future generations. This book is Sir David Attenborough’s witness statement of anthropogenic climate change and biodiversity loss that has happened during his lifetime. All these stories are always connected to the topic of the book and the reader learns about the importance of biodiversity and how with the Holocene the living world settled into a gentle, reliable annual rhythm. Attenborough has left me with a very deep thought to ponder upon and likewise, I will leave you with the same: " Are we, like those poor people in Pripyat, sleepwalking into a catastrophe? It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest.

Tenho um pingo de esperança na humidade quando ele cita exemplos de países que estão adotando essas práticas, mas ao ver nosso país, com nossos políticos jogando contra tudo o que David sugere, fico desanimado. The former is a kind of autobiography, charting both the turning points in Attenborough’s life and charting the climate’s descent into emergency. Certainly made me much more aware of my carbon footprint and to think of ways to minimize these in my personal life. To sum it up, it is a fascinating, emotive, rewarding, shocking, thought provoking and informative read, that is far more terrifying a read than any horror story I have read. Attenborough’s long life over which these changes have been ever-accelerating is really less than a blink on a planetary life scale — and yet life as we know it is now teetering on a brink, rushing there with the speed that, while much slower that dinosaur-doom Chicxulub asteroid, is proceeding scarily fast, to the point where what we leave to generations to come — climate, biodiversity, ability of the planet to sustain our ever-expanding numbers — is really uncertain.Nici un ton apocaliptic nu ar fi fost potrivit, e adevărat, dar aș fi preferat și mai multe semnale de alarmă.

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