Voice of our planet

Available on BBC iPlayer – screen it for your colleagues, class mates, students, or an entire school

“A landmark documentary”
~ The Guardian

Sir David Attenborough literally is the voice of Our Planet – the Netflix series by this title, that is. With his latest BBC documentary about ‘Climate Change – The Facts’, featured above, Attenborough has even more so become the voice both for and of our planet Earth – and for all the living beings on it.

In a review in The Guardian, Rebecca Nicholson writes about his climate change documentary:

Climate Change: The Facts is a rousing call to arms. It is an alarm clock set at a horrifying volume. The first 40 minutes are given over to what Attenborough calls, without hyperbole, “our greatest threat in thousands of years”. Expert after expert explains the consequences of rising CO2 levels, on the ice caps, on coastal regions, on weather and wildlife and society itself. The most powerful moments are in footage shot not by expert crews who have spent years on location, but on shaky cameras, capturing the very moment at which the reality of our warming planet struck the person holding the phone. In Cairns, Australia, flying foxes are unable to survive the extreme temperatures; rescuers survey the terrible massacre, and we learn that while 350 were saved, 11,000 died. A man and his son talk through their escape from raging wildfires, over the film they took while attempting to drive through a cavern of blazing red trees. These are horror movies playing out in miniature. It is difficult to watch even five minutes of this and remain somehow neutral, or unconvinced.”

Have you picked your side?

There’s an election coming. “Elect leaders who believe in science,” suggests Harrison Ford.

Veteran truthspeakers such as Indiana Jones/Harrison Ford, Leonardo DiCaprio, Arnold Schwarzenegger, youthful truthspeakers such as American rapper Lil Dicky, Swedish school-striker Greta Thunberg and New York senator Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

In my world, these are the real champions of the time we live in. I’ve picked my side.

Which are yours?


Powerful speech for nature by Indiana Jo… sorry, Harrison Ford

→ Download this speech in audio mp3 for radio broadcast

Emma Thompson, British actress

Arnold Schwarzenegger, American actor and former governor


Lil Dicky


Andrea Robertson, Bellarine Peninsula, Australia


Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

“We can be whatever we have the courage to see.”

~ Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

But as the 29-year-old American senator puts it so memorably in this 7-minute film, you can’t be what you can’t see.

“A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” is an animated film narrated by the Congresswoman, illustrated by the great visual artist Molly Crabapple.

In the video, set a couple decades from now, an older Ocasio-Cortez looks back on what it took to achieve the Green New Deal, and how it transformed society for the better.

Creating collective visions of the world we want — laying the groundwork for a radically different future — is key.

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Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

“This is about being on the right side of history.”


“You are never too small to make a difference.”

“We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again. We have run out of excuses and we are running out of time. We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not.”
~ Greta Thunberg

WWF’s Voice for Our Planet

The World Wildlife Foundation, WWF, has started a ‘Voice for the Planet’ campaign

WWF writes: “The science has never been clearer or more urgent: out planet is under threat. Plastic pollution, air and water pollution, climate change, deforestation and other harmful human activities are destroying our natural world. This is a direct threat to our future.

We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet. And we could be the last that can do anything about it.

There are small changes we can make right now in our everyday lives. When we all come together to make these changes, they can make a big difference.

Nature is vital for our health, our livelihoods and our wellbeing. Let’s set the planet on a path to recovery by 2030.

Give your voice for the planet – call for a New Deal for Nature.”

Read more on www.ourplanet.com

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