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We hear more from broadcasting veteran Sir David Attenborough as the BBC series A Perfect World prepares to air in the new year.
With a new five-part series, A Perfect World, on BBC One, Sir David Attenborough is back on screens again.
Filmed over a four-year period in 31 nations, the groundbreaking series provides a closer look at the natural forces that influence the Planet.
It is no wonder that the BBC team traveled to the far corners of the globe in search of seldom seen species and spectacular filming locations, with each episode concentrating on a different aspect – volcano, sun, weather, oceans and people.
The series discusses a broad variety of related topics, showing both the positive and negative effects on the world that both humans and nature may have.
We are talking to Sir David Attenborough, 94, ahead of the groundbreaking series, about what to expect from his new project.
You discuss the magnitude of human influence on the earth in the series….
The first thing I always remember is that there are three times as many people on this earth as there were when I first made a TV show. It’s happening right now, and we’re going to be in huge trouble if we don’t figure out how we’re going to cope with the planet.
Have you got A Perfect Planet’s favorite scene?
“I have to admit the flamingo sequence is one of the most unforgettable sequences I’ve seen on television. Fired under extraordinarily demanding conditions…. It’s hard not to connect with these poor little chicks who have to make it to the edge of the middle of this awful lake, to get away in the middle of their nest.
Should we expect more innovative cinematography?
The use of drones, cameras that can go up in the air and see what you want to see, is so beautifully shot, it’s so smart. And the visuals are so indelibly imprinted on your mind that with the entire series, that’s what I’m really thinking about. My goodness, it is exceptional.
Will climate change remain our planet’s greatest threat?
If we warm up the Planet so much that the Arctic melts, every city in the world will be underwater, almost every big city in the world. Due to their harbors, many of the main cities in the world are located on the coast, and if the ice melts, the seas will rise and flood those cities if the northern Arctic melts.
“This is not imagination, this is not H.G. Wells, this is not science fiction, this is going to happen and we still have a chance to stop it. What we need to do to convince people that this is the case…. You have to say there’s a very strong element in the United States that doesn’t believe that – including the last president.”
What small improvements can individuals make that have a major impact?
No waste. That’s what they should do-and that’s what they’re going to be forced to do, actually. I mean, how much we waste on wrapping paper at Christmas is extraordinary-I’m as guilty as anyone. I’m sure the man who picks up the garbage in this house will say, “The amount of paper he throws away is horrible,” and that’s true. But at t t t the extravagant Christmas extravagance might be out of place.
Do you feel an obligation to educate people about the forum that you have created?
I’m so distrustful of my personality. Every time I’m asked about it, I’m ashamed of my own. And I’m sure Greta [Thunberg] will say the same thing. But it just so happens that there must be people who talk.
We know that a personal statement is better than an abstract statement or one that is not supported…. Every time Greta says, ‘It’s not me, it’s science, we need to listen to science and scientists,’ Greta is very good at this, and I completely agree with her.’
Is it upsetting to see your alerts being dismissed by individuals in power?
Rome hasn’t been established in a day, and the entire world hasn’t changed all of a sudden overnight, but I think that as a result of what we’ve been through, people are more aware of the natural world globally than vice versa. That’s the case, I guess.’
How did you cope with those closures?
“I am really blessed. I don’t want you to believe that I live in a settlement. I don’t have a big garden.