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In this scientifically informed account of the changes occurring in the world over the last century, award-winning broadcaster and natural historian Sir David Attenborough shares a lifetime of wisdom and a hopeful vision for the future.

See the world. Then make it better.

I am 93. I've had an extraordinary life. It's only now that I appreciate how extraordinary. As a young man, I felt I was out there in the wild, experiencing the untouched natural world - but it was an illusion. The tragedy of our time has been happening all around us, barely noticeable from day to day - the loss of our planet's wild places, its biodiversity. I have been witness to this decline. A Life on Our Planet is my witness statement and my vision for the future. It is the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake - and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right.

We have one final chance to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited.

All we need is the will to do so. 

©2020 Sir David Attenborough and Jonnie Hughes (P)2020 Grand Central Publishing

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Engaging, powerful, hopeful, visionary.

I just finished listening to A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future - and then promptly watched the 1 1/2 hour companion documentary on Netflix. Listening to or reading the book is well worth the effort. At 93 and having circled the globe many times over, Sir David Attenborough’s engaging witness statement of man’s changes to our environment is very powerful. He narrates, through his life story, how he has witnessed all of our earth systems, ocean, land and animals, changed by us over time (and not for the better). These earth systems are explained in a clear, understandable and succinct manner - how we have damaged them and how we can fix things, concluding with a hopeful vision for the future. The research behind all of this is blended into the story, the story of our earth. This book SHOULD be required reading for everyone. The documentary is a more visual illustration of his message, perhaps an ‘abridged’ version of the book. But don’t just watch the documentary. The book is so well written and engaging and succinct but says so much. Both are worth the time, they complement each other.

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So important.

94(!) year old Attenborough does not narrate his new book, rather, he presents it as if you're watching "Our Planet" or another one of his amazing documentaries. I so wish portions of this book were mandated science curriculum for all students . . .and adults, somehow. Especially Americans, who constantly bury their heads in the sand and pretend that humans are not directly responsible for depleting the Earth's resources and much-needed biodiversity at a newly stunning rate that far exceeds the planet's ability to regenerate those resources and necessary wildlife therein. Absolutely heartbreaking. Such an important book. I just ordered the Hardcover version to have it at hand and to tag the facts and staggering numbers it presents.

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A farewell and a message of hope

This, Sir David Attenborough’s farewell, is an incredible look at the world that Attenborough has lovingly shared with us for decades. You can feel his heart break as he pleads for us to take care of this planet that he loves so dearly.

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Timely, scary, visionary

Highly recommend this book, and even more so implementing some, if not all, of his recommendations in your daily life.

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End of days

We all know it's true. Why waste time crying over the promise. We can't run effectively a government. A Planet...not at all. It won't end like a book...people will survive. Just not like a plan...but randomly in pockets. Leave or die. In the looking glass....

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A pessimistic view of the future of humankind.

This work by Attenborough is less about the natural world and more about how you and I need to give up our private property to the government so that it can be rewilded, how we must pay higher taxes and prices for goods to offset carbon usage, how his perfect view of humankind is us as tribal people that produce and consume little. If you are a pessimist and hate yourself you will find this a good read on your amazon kindle that was produced from a free capitalist, carbon creating corporation.

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Must Listen Now

Sir Attenborough, has lived, witnessed and recorded some of the most significant changes to this planet, in his lifetime. To the nonbelievers you may be able to confirm his facts for yourself quite easily.

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Beginning is a amazing

1st half: After a dizzingly astounding career spanning the better part of a century, this is an amazing analysis of history, geology, and biology with a grim prognosis by a naturalist at the top of his game. 2nd half: world’s longest TED talk

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Best book on global warming for the masses.

I have read or listened to a number of books/lectures on global warming. I got started back in the early 80’s as a structural engineer studying extreme weather conditions for design of large electric power systems. Also as an amateur historian, I learned the effects of climate change on human civilization over thousands of years. This book presents the issues and possible solutions in such a way that it should appeal to almost any reader. The book has a down to earth approach that leaves the reader with the feeling that they can be part of the solution. It should required reading for everyone. It is quite obvious that Attenborough’s years with the BBC has served him well in his approach to reach a wide audience.

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Really enjoyed this book.

Sir David Attenborough is an outstanding narrator and author and I really enjoyed this book.