Sir David Attenborough and BBC have produced a sobering, yet hopeful, documentary entitled OUR PLANET a couple of years ago which is being featured on NETFLIX as a television series. We’ve seen a few of the episodes and I have to say I am shocked and saddened by the reduction in the size and scope of the earth’s wilderness and utter destruction of wildlife and their natural habitats. Their numbers have decreased at an alarming rate pretty much in proportion with the rate of exponential growth of the human population.
David’s answer to saving the world and the human race is largely based on what he calls “rewilding the world“— since we depend on a balanced and healthy biosphere in which wild animals play an integral and important role. They are not separate from us in the ecosystem. Our existence is dependent upon how we live on this planet in balance with Nature. This is not the case now and hasn’t been for several decades.
Just this year David published a message to humanity, and last year he produce “A Life on our Planet,” a trailer of which I’ve posted below. I invite and encourage you to take the time to view the videos below. It’s past time we do something to save our planet . . . and ourselves. Take 12 minutes out of your day to spend with David Attenborough via these three clips. Let the information and messages he presents enter the larger consciousness of humanity through your consciousness. When you’ve finished viewing them, share this post with your friends and relatives. And if you have NETFLIX, look for David’s documentaries and enjoy them. I am finding them most inspiring and hopeful. The photography alone is incredible, taking you up close and personal to these beautiful creatures, both great and small, where you can hear them breathing. I am moved to tears at times seeing the beauty of our planet and its wild inhabitants and seeing how badly we’re treating them. I am so aware that the Creators enjoys his/her creation through our eyes and ears. Lend them yours. Enjoy!
(View with full screen and listen with earbuds or headphones for a richer experience.)
APRIL 2019 — “REWILDING THE WORLD”
SEPTEMBER 2020 — A Life On Our Planet
JAUARY 1, 2021 — A Message from David Attenborough
There are many authors and concerned planetary citizens, such as Richard Heinberg (The End of Growth) and Sir David Attenborough, who have been sounding the alarm and wakeup call for at least half a century. Yet little has been done in the way of significant and essential changes in the industrial complexes of human society. Well, we’ve run out of time. The eleventh hour has struck. The brick wall is right in front of our faces: “THUS FAR AND NO FURTHER” reads the handwriting on the wall — Simon and Garfunkel’s “words of the prophets . . . written on the subway walls And tenement halls, And whispered in the sound of silence.” The whispers and silence of the sixties have been shattered by the shout-outs of Sir David Attenborough, Richard Heinberg and others. The question is, Who’s listening?
Apparently, Some Are Listening.
We do see some withdrawal from fossil fuels taking place in certain countries. Here in the U.S. President Biden is focusing his attention on clean renewable energy, intent on weening America from fossil fuels altogether in two or three decades. It appears this trend in the area of renewable energy alone has gone global. It’s a start, but we’re still cutting it close.
There are other areas calling out to us for stewardship, as Sir Attenborough features in his documentaries. Coral reefs are bleaching in warming and acidic sea waters and dying, along with their aquatic inhabitants. Palm oil farms in Africa are replacing wildlife habitats, driving our apian brothers and sisters out of their familiar dwellings into smaller forests.
On the High Seas, the ocean home of Blue Whales is under threat. Unsustainable fishing is depleting the coastal herring fish that whales and sea lions feed and depend on. In some coastal sea waters, fishing restrictions are being put in place where cormorants and boobies feed on sardines and anchovies, allowing our airborne creatures to multiply and grow. Biodiversity is increasing in protected areas allowing the fish population to increase in number, eventually spilling over into fishable waters, benefitting both sea and human life.
But in the wild, grasslands are being lost to agriculture, except in places like Mongolia where wild horses survive and thrive — and in India where the great grasslands are aggressively protected. Where the grasslands are protected, the grazing herds are bouncing back. (www.ourplanet.com)
I am encouraged by Sir Attenborough’s documentary OUR PLANET that we can do this: restore our planet’s wilderness to a healthy and balanced ecosystem, the very foundation upon which the human species entirely depends for its survival and longevity. So, let’s just do it, by God, the only way we can do it. Although David refers to the planet as “our planet,” Earth does not belong to us. We are tenants along with the inhabitants of the wild kingdom, put here to steward this Garden of Eden and care for the birds of the air and fishes of the sea and the creatures that crawl upon the earth. In the words of the psalmist:
“The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.” (Psalm 24)
We were given dominion over creation, not ownership. The word dominion literally means lordship. As lords and ladies under the loving reign of the Lord of lords, we tend the Garden in partnership with Nature.
I welcome any thoughts you may wish to share. Until my next post,
By love. Be loved
Lagniappe: When you have an hour to spare, you may thoroughly enjoy this “Deep Dialogue” between astrologer Pam Gregory and Stewart Pearce. A very important, timely and current astrological reading for our times.