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Warning! The Future Of Our Planet Is At Risk

Warning! The Future Of Our Planet Is At Risk

People in towns and cities are losing touch with the “realities of the natural world”, which is putting the future of the planet at risk, Sir David Attenborough has warned.

The veteran wildlife presenter says rapid urbanization over the past 60 years has endangered the future of planet earth, since a growing number of people do not regularly come into contact with the natural world.

Over Half The World’s Population Now Lives In Cities

Attenborough is reminding us that since at least 2005 over half of the world’s population lives in cities.

In an interview with Eureka magazine, published by the Times, he said: “We have a huge moral responsibility towards the rest of the planet. A hundred years ago people certainly had that … They were aware of the seasons and aware of what they were doing to the land and animals around them.”

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“So over 50% is to some degree out of touch with the natural world and don’t even see an animal from one day to the next unless it’s a rat or a pigeon,” added the TV presenter. That means that people are getting out of touch with the realities of the natural world, of which we are in fact a part.”

Eight-Year-Olds Better Able To Identify Pokemon Characters Than Real Natural Ones

There is a lot of research to back up Attenborough’s claim. A recent study found that 8-year-old children in Britain were better able to identify artificial Pokemon characters than real, native, ones such as “oak tree,” “otter,” or “beetle.”

At the same time, the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that children between 8 and 18 spend on average about 8 hours a day indoors, staring at their electronic screens.

Realizing the urgency of this situation, a lot of activists have been working hard to re-connect children with nature; I did this myself by writing Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future, a book designed to make it easy for kids and their parents to enjoy the great outdoors.

Sir David Attenborough is stating clearly what many of us believe.

Narrator Of Frozen Planet

Atenborough has also been the narrator of Frozen Planet, a BBC program that has caused some controversy. As Care2′sPaul Canning wrote here:

The show has also been the subject of criticism for the final episode, in which veteran BBC broadcaster Sir David Attenborough examines the impact of climate change in the Arctic and Antarctic. That episode includes dramatic footage of the break-up of the Wilkins ice shelf on the Antarctic peninsula but mostly describes what is happening and barely touches on its anthropogenic cause. It was reported that this episode would not be broadcast in the US because of supposed controversy over climate change, which turned out to be incorrect.

Hooray for David Attenborough for refusing to compromise his beliefs, and for warning of the danger of a human population cut off from its natural environment.

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3:43PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Raise your hand if you are surprised

4:43PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

If only it was just humanity itself we would be affecting with our senseless stupidity...

5:46AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Thank-you for this informative article.

5:39AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Thank-you for this informative article.

2:36PM PST on Dec 25, 2011

Frightening stuff happening as we approach 2012!!! We all need to get our acts together & believe we can change.

5:23AM PST on Dec 24, 2011

Bravo to us! Not a single "No"

11:05PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

I'm glad to hear the final episode will air in the US. Count on conservatives to poo-poo it. What would they care if everything in the world dies, they will be rich after all! Rich greedy idiots!!

2:57PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

At Risk My Eye!
Is that what constitutes "Risk" these days? Because to me, I think we need to be under damage control, code red!
Humanity is strapped to a tricycle with 5 Titan thermonuclear missiles bolted to it, one representing our population, one representing the poison being dumped into the earth, another is monsanto and the genetic engineering, the fourth is livestock production, and the fifth is global warming.
Any one of these is enough ring the alarm for imminent danger, but we have all 5 going at thrusters FULL, screaming down the highway, heading straight for an oncoming tanker truck, with everybody screaming "DONT TOUCH THE BRAKES!!"

1:01PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

David Attenborough is also one of the few public figures brave enough to address the overpopulation issue. He is a member of the Optimum Population Trust, and in connection with that group released the following statement: "I've never seen a problem that wouldn't be easier to solve with fewer people, or harder, and ultimately impossible, with more."

Kudos to him. If only the media would actually (and fairly) address the overpopulation issue. There will be no nature at all to "get in touch with" in the future if we continue squeezing it out of existence by adding more and more people to this crowded planet.

8:28PM PST on Dec 21, 2011

Thanks for this post! It is so important to get it all written down,so we keep it in our minds! Maybe even make some changes in our lifestyle.

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