David Attenborough has spoken out about the impact humans are having on the earth ahead of the release of his new documentary series Seven Worlds, One Planet next Sunday.
Sir David Attenborough’s new documentary series seems timelier than ever. In a month where climate change protests have spread across London and hundreds and thousands of people across the world continue to take a stand for the planet, the release of Seven Worlds, One Planet is a powerful reminder of what protesters are campaigning for.
Speaking at the launch event, Attenborough spoke honestly about the impact humans have had on the world, and shared his advice for how we can tackle that problem together.
“At last nations are coming together and recognising we all live on the same planet,” he said, “All these seven worlds are actually one and we are dependent on it for every mouthful of food we eat and every breath of air we take.”
“We have it in our hands and we’ve made a tragic, desperate mess of it so far,” he added.
“The best motto to think about is not to waste things,” he continued. “Don’t waste electricity, don’t waste paper, don’t waste food – live the way you want to live, but just don’t waste.” Which is an answer and advice many of us want as we seek to find ways to best help save the planet.
“Look after the natural world, the animals in it and the plants in it too. This is their planet as well as ours.”
Jonny Keeling, the series’ executive producer, described his excitement at showing Attenborough never before seen footage of a rare monkey that he had read about as a young man, only for him to nonchalantly reply, “Ah yes, Rhinopithecus roxellana!”
The buzz surrounding the upcoming documentary greatly increased at the beginning of the month when a new trailer was released.
The clip, which is accompanied by a haunting cover of the Eurythmics’ song ‘Sweet Dreams’, features the beautiful, up-close wildlife shots we’ve come to expect from Attenborough’s documentaries. Then, as the music fades, we hear his iconic voice emerge.
“Seven extraordinary continents, each one full of life. Seven Worlds, One Planet,” Attenborough narrates, as the tag line “There’s no place like it” appears on screen.
The iconic presenter first announced his latest project on stage at the Glastonbury festival earlier this year, only further confirming his legendary status. Walking on stage to the sound of whale noises which echoed through the crowd, Attenborough praised the festival for going plastic-free before revealing the new documentary series.
“There are seven great continents on which we human beings live,” he said. “Each of them has its own marvellous creatures, birds and mammals, animals of all kinds. Each of them has its own glory, each of them has its own problems.”
He continued, “We have been making, for the last four years, a series about those things, about those seven very different continents. It starts later on this year. It’s called Seven Worlds, One Planet.”
The series airs on Sunday on BBC One.