A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future

A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future

See the world. Then make it better. I am 94. 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 See the world. Then make it better. I am 94. I've had an extraordinary life. It's only now that...

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Title:A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future
Author:David Attenborough
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future Reviews

  • Kurt
    Dec 31, 2020
    I can't think of anyone whose life experiences I would be more willing to trade for my own than that of Sir David Attenborough. The work to which he has dedicated his long life has been both thrilling and impactful to the world. So, I was quite excited to read his latest book whic...
  • Carole
    Jan 13, 2021
    A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future by David Attenborough is written by a 93-year-old man who has seen our planet deteriorate from the beginning of his adulthood until now. Attenborough paints a clear picture of the environment at different decades of...
  • Ram
    Jan 11, 2021
    I like David Attenborough?s nature films and watch them on various platforms including snippets on Youtube. I could say that his deep monotonous voice has been a certain part of my life as a nature lover. Therefore, this book was something of a natural thing for me (especially that I...
  • Diane S ☔
    Feb 16, 2021
    Scariest book I've read lately and it's so true. Love his voice and these dire warnings sure make one aware of how much we have destroyed and where exactly we are going if things don't start changing soon. The statistics are beyond jaw dropping. May be one of the most im...
  • Led
    Dec 19, 2020
    Edit: Did not plan to but it happened, the film was my Christmas watch. The A-one footages and imagery heightened the reading experience. It reinforces the message: Rewild the world not to save the planet but to save ourselves. Because with or without us, the wild will return, like...
  • Cher
    Oct 27, 2020
    4 stars = Fantastic and easy to recommend. We are causing a rate of biodiversity loss that is more than 100 times the average, and only matched in the fossil record during a mass extinction event. Plastic is invading oceanic food chains and over 90% of seabirds have plastic fragm...
  • Ingrid
    Oct 20, 2020
    This is so worth reading! I hope everybody does and that it will actually help the earth to recover. Sir David Attenborough points out that the end of life on our planet might be near, but that there are still possibilities to put a halt to it and continues to inform us how. Ultimate...
  • Dan Graser
    Oct 17, 2020
    Though citizens of the UK claim David Attenborough as a national treasure, the planet needs to embrace him as an international treasure. No one in my lifetime has done more to educate the public on the miraculous workings of the natural world and as such, no one is a more potent voice ...
  • Tove R.
    Oct 04, 2020
    This is a book that should be mandatory to read. Everyone on the planet should take a look at it. Attenborough is such a loved character worldwide that I hope people would notice, stop what they are doing, take in the information, and let it sink in. This short book is not preachy, but...
  • Andrew
    Dec 15, 2020
    A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future by David Attenborough, is a fantastic semi-biography, semi-manifesto by the world renowned BBC producer, environmentalist and narrator. His voice has rippled through millions of televisions across the globe, hosting...
  • Gary
    Oct 03, 2020
    Sir David Attenborough is someone who makes everything interesting and in this book full of statistics and scientifically described information he still holds my attention where many others would fail. The book opens with a brief description of how he got into the position he held i...
  • Gary
    Oct 03, 2020
    Sir David Attenborough is someone who makes everything interesting and in this book full of statistics and scientifically described information he still holds my attention where many others would fail. The book opens with a brief description of how he got into the position he held i...
  • Dr. Appu Sasidharan
    Dec 22, 2020
    Summary (Throwback Review) An award-winning natural historian shares his knowledge he acquired during his last 93 years of life through this book. He is exploring the various threats imposed by humans on our planet that is affecting its biodiversity. This book outlines how to tack...
  • André Oliveira
    Oct 10, 2020
    This was really good. It tells us how the world has been changing since David was born and how it could look like in the future if we keep doing what we are doing today. In the last chapter, he also presents some information on what we can do to improve the lifestyle of all the people ...
  • SueLucie
    Oct 07, 2020
    What can I say? For the first half, so horrifying, but by the end so inspirational. David Attenborough writes in an accessible, straightforward style, not too long and not too heavy, pulling no punches about what mankind has done to the planet, yet acknowledging that we are only doing ...
  • Sean Barrs
    Dec 25, 2020
    Unpopular opinion time: I really do not like David Attenborough and the cognitive dissonance he displays in this book Now let me tell you why: he does not do enough. Most people will read such a statement and get a little bit angry with me and not quite understand the position f...
  • Emma
    Oct 05, 2020
    I can't imagine the changes he has seen up close, the senseless destruction of our planet becoming ever more clear with each documentary series. The depressing transition is detailed here in his 'witness statement' and even though he finishes with suggestions that could ...
  • TS Chan
    Feb 14, 2021
    ARC received from the publisher, Random House UK, in exchange for an honest review Brilliance was what I've expected from Attenborough, and brilliance was exactly what I got. As a book which I thought was remarkably compact for one on environmental and climate awareness/sci...
  • Monika
    Nov 02, 2020
    Home, a tiny corner (although it is not so tiny, afterall). It is so comforting to us that even in its lack and/or absence, we often find ourselves delving into it. Home is often our first reaction to intense emotions. If I have to express home in brief, it is our everything. However, ...
  • Jacob Stelling
    Dec 28, 2020
    Another rare 5 star review for me but there was no question about it! We?re used to seeing epic documentaries from Attenborough, and this book was no less of that stature. Insightful discussion of where we are and where we?re heading, telling everyone to wake up and make real chang...
  • Benjamin Farr
    Oct 16, 2020
    A must-read book that is a wake-up call for humankind to take immediate action to save Earth from imminent destruction. Cost-free actions that can be done today: - change bank accounts to ensure your money is invested in an ethical bank - stop eating meat and fish (or cut down si...
  • Wendelle
    Oct 11, 2020
    Sir Attenborough's solutions: 1. alleviate the load on the natural world by decelerating or stopping population growth, and thus also improving our standard of living 2. phase out fossil fuels and rely on solar power, geothermal power, nuclear power and water power 3. divest pe...
  • Alan Cotterell
    Oct 09, 2020
    Thank you to Netgalley, Random House and Sir David Attenborough for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. ?We humans, alone on Earth, are powerful enough to create worlds, and then to destroy them.? This is part memoir, part dire warning about the decline of our planet&apo...
  • Alan Cotterell
    Oct 09, 2020
    Thank you to Netgalley, Random House and Sir David Attenborough for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. ?We humans, alone on Earth, are powerful enough to create worlds, and then to destroy them.? This is part memoir, part dire warning about the decline of our planet'...
  • Matthew Huggard
    Jan 18, 2021
    An insightful, digestible and factual telling of our current climate crisis and realistic ways we can prevent and undo the damage we have done to our planet. If you have an interest in the subject matter, I would highly recommend. ...
  • Jelena Milašinović
    Dec 16, 2020
    Sir David Attenborough is one of my favourite people, and at 94 he is sharp as ever and a remarkably brilliant writer! The book and the accompanying documentary series start and end in Pripyat, Ukraine. It was haunting and tremendously sad to see it on the screen and hear Sir David nar...
  • Berit Lundqvist
    Nov 12, 2020
    Born at [CO2]=280 ppm, David Attenborough, looks back at his long life as a TV producer and at what has happened to the environment during that time. Today, 93 years later at [CO2]=415 ppm, the planet is in a pretty bad shape. But DA still has a positive attitude regarding the future. ...
  • Kira
    Oct 02, 2020
    love you david ...
  • Leah
    Nov 09, 2020
    It seems that, however grave our mistakes, nature will be able to overcome them, given the chance. The living world has survived mass extinctions several times before. But we humans cannot assume that we will do the same. Magical and heartbreaking. A must read wake up call, we have ...
  • Woman Reading
    Feb 05, 2021
    We are just another species on the tree of life. Attenborough acknowledges that he has been fortunate with his career. He had created documentaries for the BBC about a subject dear to his heart - the natural world - thus giving him a front row seat to witness how much the ...