A Life On Our Planet: 33 Tweetable David Attenborough Quotes That Will Inspire You to Make a Change

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Article by: Damaris Agweyu

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David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet is a nature documentary available on Netflix that offers a sombre, yet hopeful look at climate change. This film not only makes for a powerful watch, but it is also the kind of film that leaves you thinking, and, hopefully taking action long after you have watched it.  In light of this, here are 33 tweetable excerpts from the film to reflect on:

  1. [bctt tweet="“The wild is far from unlimited. It is infinite. It needs protecting.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  2. [bctt tweet="“We are ultimately bound by and reliant upon the finite natural world about us.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  3. [bctt tweet="“Once a species became our target, there was nowhere it could hide.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  4. [bctt tweet="“Human beings have overrun the world.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  5. [bctt tweet="“We can’t cut down rainforests forever. And anything that we can’t do forever is by definition unsustainable.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  6. [bctt tweet="“If we do things that are unsustainable, the damage accumulates ultimately to a point where the whole system collapses.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  7. [bctt tweet="“Our imprint is now truly global. Our impact is truly profound. Our blind assault has finally come to alter the very fundamentals of the living world.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  8. [bctt tweet="“We are replacing the wild with the tame.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  9. [bctt tweet="“This is now our planet. Run by humankind, for humankind. There is little left for the rest of the living world.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  10. [bctt tweet="“If we continue on our current course, the damage that has been the defining feature in my lifetime will be eclipsed by the damage coming in the next.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  11. [bctt tweet="“We are facing nothing less than the collapse of the living world. The very thing we rely upon for every element of the lives we lead. No one wants this to happen. None of us can afford for it to happen.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  12. [bctt tweet="“To restore stability on our planet, we must restore its biodiversity, the very thing that we have removed.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  13. [bctt tweet="“We must re-wild the wild.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  14. [bctt tweet="“By working hard to raise people out of poverty, giving all access to healthcare and enabling girls, in particular, to stay in school as long as possible, we can make our population peak soon and at a lower level.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  15. [bctt tweet="“The trick is to raise the standard of living around the world without increasing our impact on the world.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  16. [bctt tweet="“We must radically reduce the area we use to farm so that we can make space for returning wilderness. The quickest and most effective way to do this is for us to change our diet.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  17. [bctt tweet="“Large carnivores are rare in nature because it takes a lot of prey to support each of them; whenever we choose a piece of meat, we are unwittingly demanding a huge expanse of space.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  18. [bctt tweet="“The planet cannot support billions of large meat-eaters, there just isn’t the space.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  19. [bctt tweet="“If we all had a largely plant-based diet, we would need only half the land we use at the moment.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  20. [bctt tweet="“If we improve our approach to farming, we will reduce the land grab we have pursued ever since we began to farm.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  21. [bctt tweet="“Nature is our biggest ally and greatest inspiration.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  22. [bctt tweet="“We just have to do what nature has always done. It worked out the secret to life long ago. In this world, a species can only thrive when everything else around it thrives too.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  23. [bctt tweet="“If we take care of nature, nature will take care of us.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  24. [bctt tweet="“We must establish a life on our planet in balance with nature.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  25. [bctt tweet="“Ten thousand years ago as hunter-gatherers, we lived a sustainable life because that was the only option. All these years later, its once again, the only option.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  26. [bctt tweet="“We need to rediscover how to be sustainable. To move from being apart from nature to becoming a part of nature once again.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  27. [bctt tweet="“We need to learn how to work with nature rather than against it.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  28. [bctt tweet="“This is not about saving the planet; it is about saving ourselves.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  29. [bctt tweet="“The truth is, with or without us, the natural world will rebuild.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  30. [bctt tweet="“However grave our mistakes, nature will ultimately overcome them. The living world will endure; we humans cannot presume the same.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  31. [bctt tweet="“We’ve come this far because we are the smartest creatures that ever lived. But to continue, we require more than intelligence. We require wisdom.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  32. [bctt tweet="“We can once again become a species in balance with nature and restore the rich, healthy and wonderful world that we inherited.”" username="QaziniKenya"]
  33. [bctt tweet="“If we act now, we can yet put it right.”" username="QaziniKenya"]


Also read: A Life On Our Planet: We Have No Reason to Doubt What David Attenborough Is Telling Us