You may know of Sir David Attenborough, 94 years old, for his 60-year long experience in Wildlife documentary-making. So, when he speaks regarding wildlife and the future of this planet, listen keenly, because he actually knows what he’s talking about.
Last Sunday, the legend himself warned us about the future in his new BBC documentary, Extinction: The Facts. He began his hour-long documentary alerting the viewers:
He stated that he has encountered and witnessed some remarkable animal species in his life and how lucky he feels about it. Some of these wonders usually disappear quickly. Currently, we are in a crisis that is consequential. It affects our ability to actually feed ourselves and control the climate and put us at a higher risk of life-threatening diseases like COVID-19.
He utilized a couple of experts to explain how extinction has augmented only in his lifetime. He further explained that ever since the 1500, more than 570 plant species and 700 animal species have disappeared. Hence, extinction is now a hundred times faster than the normal evolutionary rate.
Last year, Sir Attenborough had produced another explainer called Climate Change: The Facts. It preceded that facts discussed in his latest venture. In Extinction: The Facts, he explains the disastrous impact of this fast-paced extinction along with the causes of extinction like Fishing practices, poaching, and unsustainable agricultural.
He then goes on to discuss the long list of animals around the world that may go extinct sooner than we expect like the northern white rhinos in Kenya.
He also reminisced about one of the greatest experiences of his life – when he met a few mischievous mountain gorillas. The youngest one was called Poppy.
"As I was preparing to talk to camera, Poppy was at my feet, trying to take off my shoes. It was an experience that has stayed with me, but it was tinged with sadness, as I thought that I may be seeing some of the last of their kind."
The documentary is not for the faint hearted, but it does send a hopeful message at the end.
He concluded it with this statement:"One thing we do know, is that if nature is given the chance, it can bounce back."
If there’s one takeaway from this incredibly enlightening documentary, it’s this: We, as humans, have a responsibility towards our environment. We better start respecting it as we respect other fellow human beings, or it will hunt us down, and that would be the end of the world as we know it.