The broadcaster and naturalist, 94, is releasing a book that shows how mankind can turn things around and help the environment. A Life On Our Planet: My Witness Statement And Vision For The Future will be published in the autumn, and offers a “different future”. Sir David said: “This book records some of the dreadful damage mankind has already wrought upon the natural world and the real and imminent danger that things could get much worse if we do not act now. But it is also a hopeful book. It offers a different future.
“It describes some of the ways in which we can begin to turn things around if only we all have the will to do so.
“Surely together we must now find that determination and begin to make that change for the sake of all the inhabitants of our planet.
“The Earth’s life-support machine, the thing we humans rely upon for everything we need, runs on its biodiversity.
“Yet the way we live on Earth now is sending it into a decline. I have been a witness to this decline. This book contains my witness statement, and my vision for the future – the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake, and how if we act now we can yet put it right.”
The book will reflect on Sir David’s career exploring and documenting the natural world, and will look at the decline of the planet’s environment he has observed first hand.
It will be released by Ebury in October to coincide with the launch of a Netflix documentary film of the same title.
Sir David has previously advised on how we can all help to look after the planet. His biggest tip was not to be wasteful. He said: “Don’t waste electricity, don’t waste paper, don’t waste food. Look after the natural world.”
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