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It's been a while since we got stuck into a David Attenborough doc. But good news - in just over a week, BBC will air the historian's latest show, a one-hour special exploring what extinction means for us, and the planet.
You can watch the trailer below...
Extinction: The Facts will hear from some of the world's leading scientists, focusing on how the crisis of extinction not only threatens the planet we live on, but has consequences for humans as a species.
Last year, scientists found that one million species are now threatened by extinction, which means the process is happening up to 100 times faster than the natural evolutionary rate.
From reducing our ability to control the globe's climate, to threatening our food and water supply and putting us at an increased risk of a pandemic, the documentary delves into the truth about what is happening to our planet and how human activity is a driving force behind extinction.
Most importantly, the show questions what our governments, industries and us as individuals are doing to make a change.
For example, illegal wildlife trade, overfishing, climate change, pollution, and land use change are all contributing factors. In the doc, Sir David emphasises how creating a better future for our planet is the responsibility of all of us.
"Over the course of my life I've encountered some of the world's most remarkable species of animals. Only now do I realise just how lucky I've been. Many of these wonders seem set to disappear forever," said Sir David.
"We are facing a crisis and one that has consequences for us all. It threatens our ability to feed ourselves, to control our climate, it even puts us at greater risk of pandemic diseases such as COVID-19.
"It's never been more important for us to understand the effects of biodiversity loss, of how it is that we ourselves are responsible for it. Only if we do that, will we have any hope of averting disaster."
This is certainly a must watch. You can catch it on BBC One, on Sunday 13th September at 8pm.