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David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet Drops On Netflix Today

Dominic Smithers

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David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet Drops On Netflix Today

Sir David Attenborough's new documentary A Life On Our Planet has landed on Netflix.


The film acts as the 94-year-old's 'witness statement' explaining the dangers that humankind faces in its battle to control climate change.

Including footage from throughout Sir David's long career, the 80-minute film is his attempt at trying to encourage people to act before it is too late.


In the trailer, the campaigner warns: "The natural world is failing. The evidence is all around. It's happening in my lifetime. I've seen it with my own eyes."

The official synopsis says: "Produced by award-winning wildlife filmmakers Silverback Films and global environmental organization WWF, this unique feature documentary tells the story of life on our planet by the man who has seen more of the natural world than any other.

"In more than 90 years, Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder.

"Addressing the biggest challenges facing life on our planet, the film offers a powerful message of hope for future generations."


The film goes alongside a new book of the same name, which documents the environmentalist's life exploring the living world.

Sir David has warned that our planet is under threat.  Credit: PA
Sir David has warned that our planet is under threat. Credit: PA

Speaking to The Telegraph, Sir David said: "We live our comfortable lives in the shadow of a disaster of our own making.

"That disaster is being brought about by the very things that allow us to live our comfortable lives. And it's quite natural to carry on in this way until there's a convincing reason not to do so, and a very good plan for an alternative.


"The natural world is fading. The evidence is all around, it's happened during my lifetime. I have seen it with my own eyes, it will lead to our destruction."

Last month, Sir David further warned that Earth is 'facing a crisis' as experts estimate that one million species are now under the threat of extinction - urging people to take action now for a 'better future'.

A recent documentary, Extinction: The Facts, explored the devastating effects human action has had on the natural world.

"We are facing a crisis and one that has consequences for us all," Attenborough says gravely at the start of the programme.


"Over the course of my life I've encountered some of the world's most remarkable species of animals.

"Only now do I realise just how lucky I've been - many of these wonders seem set to disappear forever."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Environment, UK Entertainment, Netflix

Dominic Smithers
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