Hlustum á sir David.

“For decades, most nature programs have spent a lot of time appreciating the majesty of the ecosystem or animal at hand, tacking on a quick warning at the end about the danger of poaching or pollution. In “Our Planet,” warnings and appreciation are woven together throughout. “Fifty years ago, we didn’t even realize what the problem was. Maybe thirty years ago we did recognize what the problem was but didn’t know much about it, thinking, That’s way in the future. Now we know that it’s right here ahead of us,” Attenborough said.

Compared to its predecessors, the series also frames the value of nature in a new way. Usually Attenborough’s programs establish a place or a species as a thing of remarkable beauty—this soulful orangutan, that industrious bird of paradise—before warning that it is somehow imperilled. The value of the creature is its existence. We may never see a polar bear, but we take pleasure from knowing that they’re out there. In “Our Planet,” the value of nature is presented as something much closer to home, and more practical. Attenborough reminds viewers again and again of the connections that link these far-flung ecosystems to our own species’s survival.”

Sjá umfjöllun The New Yorker.