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A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future Paperback – 12 May 2022

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A Life On Our Planet: My Witness Statement and Vision for the Future is David's witness statement, reflecting on his remarkable career exploring and documenting the natural world, and the decline of the planet's environment and biodiversity he's observed first-hand in that time. An intimate, urgent and impassioned book borne out of a lifetime's experience and knowledge, it will also present his view on the future that lies ahead if we continue as we are, and a plan for how to avoid that futur

About the Author

Sir David Attenborough is Britain's best-known natural history film-maker. His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly seven decades.

His first job - after Cambridge University and two years in the Royal Navy - was at a London publishing house. Then in 1952 he joined the BBC as a trainee producer, and it was while working on the
Zoo Quest series (1954-64) that he had his first opportunity to undertake expeditions to remote parts of the globe, to capture intimate footage of rare wildlife in its natural habitat.

He was Controller of BBC 2 (1965-68), during which time he introduced colour television to Britain, then Director of Programmes for BBC Television (1969-1972). In 1973 he abandoned administration altogether to return to documentary-making and writing, and has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several
landmark BBC series, including
Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials
of Life
(1990), The Private Life of Plants (1995), Life of Birds (1998),The Blue Planet (2001),Life of Mammals (2002),Planet Earth (2006) and Life in Cold Blood (2008).

Sir David was knighted in 1985 and received the Order of Merit in 2005. He is a fellow of the Royal Society, and stands at the forefront of issues concerning the planet's declining species and conservation.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ebury Press; 1st edition (12 May 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1529108292
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1529108293
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.6 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
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Sir David Attenborough is Britain's best-known natural history film-maker. His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited.

Sir David's first job - after Cambridge University and two years in the Royal Navy - was at the London publishing house Hodder & Stoughton. Then in 1952 he joined the BBC as a trainee producer and it was while working on the Zoo Quest series (1954-64) that he had his first opportunity to undertake expeditions to remote parts of the globe to capture intimate footage of rare wildlife in its natural habitat.

He was Controller of BBC2 (1965-68), during which time he introduced colour television to Britain, then Director of Programmes for the BBC (1969-1972). However in 1973 he abandoned administration altogether to return to documentary-making and writing.

Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world's leading natural history programme maker with several landmark BBC series, including Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), The Private Life of Plants (1995), Life of Birds (1998), Life of Mammals (2002) and Life in the Undergrowth (2005). Sir David is a Trustee of the British Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge; a Fellow of the Royal Society and was knighted in 1985.


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Delightful autobiographical section to open this interesting book – 4 Stars

A well-presented book that’s very easy to read, and I particularly enjoyed the opening section in which Sir David Attenborough gives us a potted autobiography covering several of his most notable broadcasts. Part Two presents his view of the main environmental issues we now face, and Part Three discusses his emphasis on ‘re-wilding’ as a necessary approach to building a sustainable future.

The only thing that let this down for me is that I tended to find the latter sections a little too ‘preachy’ in tone – I felt as though I was being lectured rather than inspired to engage. However, as an introduction to some of the current environmental challenges, I think this offers a pretty good overview. For someone new to the environmental sciences, ‘A Life on our Plant’ would, I believe offer a gentle start in getting to grips with a complex topic.

Overall: Interesting, easy-read introduction to environmental science, with an engaging opening section.
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