Netflix’s new documentary series has everything we’ve come to love in a nature documentary: Beautiful landscapes and mind-blowing cinematography, close-ups of rare animal interactions that make you wonder ‘How on earth did they film that?’ and of course, smooth, warm narration from worldwide treasure David Attenborough.
(Seriously, I hope the UK government are working around the clock to figure out how to clone Attenborough because he must never leave us).
But what makes Attenborough’s newest series Our Planet different is that the legendary environmentalist is, frankly, done with our sh*t. He’s not holding back: All of this beauty and wonder is being ruined. It’s terminal, actually, unless we hurry up and act.
He says it… nicely, because he’s David Attenborough, but that’s the gist of it.
“What we do in the next 20 years will determine the future for all life on Earth”, he warns.
Through the eight-part series we see the impacts of industrialisation and climate change on our Earth: the destruction of natural environments and animal habitats, over-fishing, melting ice and rising sea levels.
Oh, and we’re also causing walruses to plunge to their deaths.
When I settled in for my Sunday afternoon of Netflix, I was prepared for Attenborough to tell me the planet was being destroyed and it was all our fault. I was prepared to sigh, be angry about it and probably go back to my business-as-usual, which is mostly environmentally friendly, but could use some work. What I wasn’t prepared for was to watch sweet, innocent walruses – who had to climb a cliff to find free space to relax in because we’d melted all their ice – plummet to the ground below in slow motion.