“His voice is more important to this world than ever before.”
(A quote from a short video from the BBC.)
Legend doesn’t even come close….nor Leo (though he’s doing an excellent job at trying).
As the final episode of Planet Earth II airs to a truly captivated nation, I felt inspired to write a quick post to thank Sir David for all of the wonderful work he has done in his last 90 years. He, and Jane, have shown unmatched passion, respect and love for the natural world. It is hugely humbling to share the Planet with them and all that they’ve dedicated their lives to showing us and to protecting.
I’d also like to spare a thought tonight for the couragious penguins of Zavodovsk Island.
This time last week I was feeling a strange mixture of distraught, angry and empowered. The latter emotion primarily because nothing else seemed to be very important anymore, compared to the task in hand, i.e. sorting out the mess we’re rapidly making of our planet.
If you haven’t seen it yet, please watch Before the Flood. It is an honest, hugely powerful portrayal of the challenges we’re facing with living “sustainably” on Earth, conveyed through the eyes of a very talented and passionate environmentalist*. As UN Messenger of Peace for the Climate, Leonardo DiCaprio travels around the world for two years, observing the impact we are having on it, from the melting of the Arctic ice sheets to the burning of the peatlands of Southeast Asia. It’s as beautiful as it is harrowing.
There are so many different ways we’re doing damage to the natural and semi-natural environments of this world; in some circumstances with a (dwindling) level of ignorance of the impacts and in some cases with full knowledge (and abandon) of them.
Hypocracy Money rules. Trump got in. The burning continues.
If we don’t all consider what’s going on out there, how we’re contributing to it, how we’re implicated in it (it is in our back yard) and tell the people above us that we care, the ecosystems on which we completely depend will continue to go to s**t.
Please watch it.
*As much as a multi-billionnaire (I presume, since millionnaires are old hat) can be an environmentalist….but he doesn’t shy away from the incongruities/inevitable hypocricy. (If only a few more of the celebrity billionaires out there were as useful as this great chap.)