“Our planet is still full of wonders. As we explore them, so we gain not only understanding, but power. It’s not just the future of the whale that today lies in our hands: it’s the survival of the natural world in all parts of the living planet. We can now destroy or we can cherish. The choice is ours.” – Sir David Attenborough
Those powerful words drew to a close the first season of BBC’s Planet Earth in 2006.
It was a masterpiece: landscapes so vast one can’t help but feel confronted; a polar bear leading her cubs on a pilgrimage across the Arctic circle; lions watching on as wildebeest sipped from a watering hole.
Planet Earth was eye-opening.
In our homes, David Attenborough informed us without patronising; he enriched our lives by pulling the curtain on a natural world within our own - one we were previously blind too.