Sir David Attenborough says 'human beings have overrun the world' and we must adopt a 'mostly plant-based diet' to save wildlife and the planet in a new film
Legendary natural historian and documentary maker Sir David Attenborough is calling on the public to protect the future of the planet by ditching meats from our diets in his new documentary, A Life On Our Planet.
His new documentary will explore the decline of the planet’s environment and biodiversity, much of which has been caused by the damage done by the animal agriculture industry, and encourage viewers to adopt a lower-impact plant-based diet.
“If we had a mostly plant-based diet we could increase the yield of the land,” the Mirror reported him as saying.
“The wilder and more diverse, the more effective. We must grow palm and soya on deforested lands. Nature is our biggest ally.”
‘True tragedy of our time’
Animal farming and the rise in demand for meat and dairy are considered key factors in deforestation by experts and is threatening the lives of many wild species.
In A Life On Our Planet, Sir David also warns that the ‘natural world is fading’, saying: “The true tragedy of our time is still unfolding – the loss of biodiversity.”
“Half of fertile land on Earth is now farmland, 70 per cent of birds are domestic, majority chickens. We are one third of animals on Earth. This is now our planet run by – and for – humans.
“There’s little left for the world. We have completely destroyed it.”
‘Human beings have overrun the world’
In the trailer for the upcoming film, he says: “I am David Attenborough, and I am 93. I’ve had the most extraordinary life. It is only now that I appreciate how extraordinary,” Sir David says in the film’s trailer.
“The living world is a unique and spectacular marvel, yet the way we humans live on earth is sending it into a decline. Human beings have overrun the world. We’re replacing the wild with the tame. This film is my witness statement and my vision of the future.
“Our planet is headed for disaster. We need to learn how to work with nature rather than against it and I’m going to tell you how.”
Attenborough himself has gone vegetarian for environmental reasons in recent years, and said in 2019: “I haven’t been a doctrinaire vegetarian or vegan, but I no longer have the same appetite for meat. Why? I’m not sure. I think subconsciously maybe it’s because of the state of the planet.”
A Life On Our Planet will air in cinemas from September 28 and will be available globally on Netflix in the autumn.