David Attenborough’s Netflix movie is both disturbing and hopeful

British broadcaster and natural historian Sir David Attenborough has spent his life bringing the wonders of nature and wildlife to television audiences. The 94-year-old calls his new documentary “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet”, which is currently available on Netflix, his “testimony”. It’s an unwavering look at the chaos humanity has created – melting ice caps and permafrost, destruction of rainforests, overfishing, and the like.

The film features breathtaking footage of wildlife including hornbills, hummingbirds, manakins, penguins, wildebeests, tigers, large schools of fish and much more. We also see sad scenes of wildlife struggling after their habitats have been destroyed.

Attenborough wants to show the agonizing truth, but he won’t leave it there. He concludes with reasons of hope – renewable energies, farming practices that use less land, slowing population growth, and others – that could advance humanity’s sustainability path.

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