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5.0 out of 5 stars Can we live in harmony with our planet?, 30 Nov 2005
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Sally-Anne "mynameissally" (Leicestershire, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: David Attenborough - State of the Planet [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
David Attenborough gives us an idea of what we're heading towards, based on the behaviour of our species up to now, and what we can do to avoid an impoverished future for our descendents. There are 3 episodes of about 50 minutes each. They are:
1) "Is There a Crisis?"
It seems humans have been fortunate to inherit a world with a greater diversity of plants and animals than have existed in Earth's history. However this diversity is shrinking and there's plenty of evidence to suggest that it's shrinking as a result of destructive human behaviour. A number of experts tell us what's happening to biodiversity and the environment in their particular areas of study. Apparently extinctions among the "furries" and "featheries" get noticed while less endearing species can disappear completely unnoticed. Our experts don't find this very surprising when so few of the species in existence have even been recorded. But is it a crisis? Are species disappearing any more quickly than they ever did? Does it matter? Should human-kind miss or care about a bunch of plants and animals that can't live without a healthy environment? David and his environmentalist boffins are very clear on that point. Yes! We certainly should care and do all we can to curb our destructive behaviour.
2) "Why is There a Crisis?"
According to the scientists who participate in these programmes, there are five ways that we damage our environment:
I) Over-harvesting - we chop down trees, take fish and so on, faster than they can regenerate and reproduce. They reckon that upto one half of the entire planet's new growth of plants and a large percentage of animals is harvested each year for the use of our species. And about 70% of major fish species are threatened because, with modern technology, we are just too good at fishing.
II) Introduction of alien species - for example, rabbits, hedgehogs, rats, mice, snails, rhododendrons - all over the planet, indigenous species are being threatened and in many cases exterminated by introduced species.
III) Destruction of habitats - it's not enough to save a species, it has to have somewhere to live. If the endangered primate's jungle is chopped or burned down to make way for agriculture, then the animal is as good as extinct.
IV) Islandisation - in the past it had been thought that species would be all right as long as a few bits of their native habitat were conserved while the surrounding area was cultivated or built upon. There would be undisturbed pockets left in a sea of agricultural or industrial landscape. But it doesn't work. The ecosystems of those islands starts to unravel from the edges, gradually fading inward, as species that are able to cross the "dessert" do so and those that cannot cross the alien terrain are left with a slowly degrading environment. It seems that many reserves are just too small to be useful.
V) Pollution - there are a lot of local pollution problems that are recoverable but there's one sort of pollution that's more serious: the pumping of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which, of course, doesn't remain in the area where it was generated. The resulting global warming is likely to cause rather a lot of extinctions. Even though the climate has changed many times in the past, species that had to move north/south with the warming and cooling, didn't have to cross roads, cities and other obstacles and they didn't have to adjust so quickly either.
3) "The Future of Life"
There may be a great number of individuals who are able and willing to change their habits to prevent further loss of species and environmental damage but, David points out, there must be change in our societies, economies and politics - and fairly soon - if we are to preserve the beauty and diversity we still have. There are things that have to be tackled with a long-term view, like population increase. We have to think about how we are going to manage the environment when the world population increases to eleven billion, when we can't even manage it sensibly with the current six billion. There are plenty of difficult issues to address. As one of David's boffs says, people have to learn to live with nature and not apart from it.
Considering all the horrors this series presents, it's astonishing how enjoyable it is to watch and listen to. There are all the usual magnificent and beautiful images of the natural world that we've come to expect from a David Attenborough production. And the compelling arguments of the wildlife and environmental scientists who participated in this series are fascinating and memorable. Even though I've read most of the actual information before, somehow the breath-taking scenery, together with the passionate and eloquent reasoning of the scientists made a deep impression on me.
It's a wonderful series. I thoroughly enjoyed it and thoroughly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sir David looks at our planet, 27 Nov 2011
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RR Waller "ISeneca" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: David Attenborough - State of the Planet [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Sally-Anne "mynameissally" from (Leicestershire, United Kingdom) has written a very full review of this three episode series with programme details and so on and, together with the product details, they give all the information required.

Over the years, while many others have been nailing colours firmly to various mastheads in their predictions and analyses of the planet, Sir David has remained fairly neutral, preferring to observe and record rather than predict. This programme is different; it is the central theme. However, he approaches the questions and challenges with rational good sense, examining arguments in a balanced, scientific way. With all the wonderful photography we expect from the BBC and him, he does not disappoint and still manages to present an optimistic message while pointing out the devastating effects of our misuse and abuse of the planet's resources in a non-judgemental and unemotional (but deeply passionate) way without the aid of huge charts, diagrams and flipcharts.

It is an excellent DVD which allows more careful consideration of his arguments and the superb photography.

I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars important message for our time, 29 May 2014
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this was really watchable and it reiterated the need for us to look after the planet and its biodiversity for future generations.

I would recommend it to anyone over the age of say ten because it's a three hour long episode dvd and I think anyone below that age would be a bit bored with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 13 Nov 2013
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Expect nothing less from Attenborough. All the issues are covered in a succinct and charming manner with some epic scenery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars educational, 1 Dec 2012
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what can I say, any documentary I've bought involving David Attenborough has never disappointed, me just like this one they are all great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL, 12 Feb 2012
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AMAZING, AND QUITE SAD ON HOW THE HUMAN RACE TREAT THIS BEAUTIFUL WORLD OF OURS. ENJOY THIS DVD, IT'S A GOOD BUY
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but long winded, 17 May 2010
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M. Green "sheffield shark" (PINXTON UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: David Attenborough - State of the Planet [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
I was hoping to use this in a lesson but it is a little longwinded and doesn't really fit well to school curriculums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant part of an ever growing collection, 11 Jan 2010
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Mr. Nigel Slaney-phillips (Plymouth, Devon, GB) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: David Attenborough - State of the Planet [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
As per usuall a great deal of work to make another addition to an expanding collection made by the BBC
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book, 18 Feb 2010
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This review is from: David Attenborough - State of the Planet [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
I finished this book quite quickly but it was great. I would recommend this book to everyone.
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2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done State of the Planet, 29 July 2005
This review is from: David Attenborough - State of the Planet [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Big issue to take into account clearly spotted and narrated by D. Attenborough with stunning pictures
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