David Attenborough Says Human Beings Have Overrun the World and the Planet Is Headed for Disaster

Renowned British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough has warned that the "planet is headed for disaster" and that "humans have overrun the world" a new trailer for his upcoming film.

The official trailer for David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet shows the 93-year-old describing how he has had the "most extraordinary life," adding that the living world is a "unique and spectacular marvel."

"Yet the way we humans live on Earth is sending it into a decline," Attenborough adds.

The feature-length documentary, produced by Silverback Films and environmental organization WWF, will be released globally on Netflix in Spring this year. It details Attenborough's first-hand experience of witnessing the devastating effects humans have had on the climate, nature and the environment during his broadcasting career. He also looks at how to tackle such issues.

"Human beings have overrun the world," he says. "This film is my witness statement and my vision of the future. The story of how we came to make this our greatest mistake, and how if we act now we can yet put it right.

"Our planet is headed for disaster. We need to learn how to work with nature rather than against nature. And I'm going to tell you how."

In a statement, Colin Butfield, WWF's Executive Producer for the film, said: "For decades, David has brought the natural world to the homes of audiences worldwide, but there has never been a more significant moment for him to share his own story and reflections.

"This film coincides with a monumental year for environmental action as world leaders make critical decisions on nature and climate. It sends a powerful message from the most inspiring and celebrated naturalist of our time."

The film's world premiere event will take place at London's Royal Albert Hall on Thursday, April 16, 2020. It will be broadcast live to cinemas across the U.K., Netherlands, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

The film will then be released on Netflix. The date of this is yet to be announced.

"I've worked with David on many projects throughout my career, but to collaborate on this film, which is so important at this time, has been a real privilege," Keith Scholey, Executive Producer at Silverback Films, said in a statement. "At 93 years old, his knowledge and insight of the natural world remains as relevant and cherished today as it was the first time he introduced the British public to pangolins and sloths on television.

"This new film will bring together those historic moments with his views on the current problems our natural world faces and how we can solve them."

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Britain's Sir David Attenborough attends the naming ceremony of Britain's new polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, in Birkenhead, northwest England on September 26, 2019. PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty
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