David Attenborough in Seven Worlds, One Planet.
Photograph: Alex Board/BBC NHU

We have talked about David Attenborough before. As a key figure in the environmental media landscape, he has received plenty of criticism for not speaking up sooner about the impact humans have had, and are having, on the world around us. Some of the shows he worked on were even accused of covering up some of the already noticeable effects. In recent years, Attenborough has completely changed that approach. In the BBC’s new flagship nature series, Seven Worlds, One Planet, Attenborough weaves the story of our impact on nature through the breathtaking shots of our planet and its life, rather than tacking it on at the end as they have done in the past. It is an honest display of what humanity has done, what we are losing, but also what we can do when we decide to act: since the ban on commercial whaling, 35 remaining females have become a population of 2,000. We may be at “the most critical moment for life on earth since the continents formed”, Attenborough notes. And that includes human life. See the spectacular trailer via the link below.

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