Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020)

Directed by Alastair Fothergill, Jonathan Hughes, Keith Scholey

Starring David Attenborough, Max Hughes


This is not a biography, but it certainly gives us a lot more insight into the man than we’ve ever gotten before. A true personal statement, and since he’s one of the few experienced enough in this subject, he’s earned the right to make one.

Beautiful footage from the documentaries he’s worked on. Attenborough is good at outlining the environmental problems we face so eloquently and beautifully. But one of the best things about this documentary is the practical proposals he makes to address the problems that he has so vividly and heart-wrenchingly laid out for us. Most of them make a lot of sense.

One idea Attenborough implied but fell short of calling out was the simple fact that there are too many humans on Earth. If we are to save the natural world, one of the biggest ways to reduce the human footprint is to reduce the number of humans. We need to stop reproducing so much. Additionally, I would have liked to hear him admit WHY banks and pensions are investing in fossil fuels and WHY governments aren’t investing in renewable energy. The answer is money, and that’s the biggest elephant in the room. And I wish he would have spent a bit more time addressing those who say that renewable energy isn’t quite as renewable and environmentally friendly as everyone thinks, something suggested in Planet of the Humans (2019).

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