Sir David Attenborough's powerful documentary, Extinction: The Facts, aired on BBC One last night (13th September), exploring how the biodiversity crisis could have extreme consequences for us all.
The hour-long programme came with a stark and honest warning about the potential extinction of a number of animal species and received an emotional reaction from many viewers. While David's much-loved Planet Earth depicted a more joyous portrayal of nature, this documentary was made to hold our attention and force us to listen — and that it did.
The UK's favourite naturalist began by warning: "We are facing a crisis, and one that has consequences for us all." What followed was a plea to all of us to take responsibility, as David investigated what biodiversity loss could mean for our future.
On Twitter, many viewers expressed that it was the "most important" TV programme ever made. One said: "Maybe the most important TV programme ever made. People need to sit up and take notice that there's a bigger narrative. The overriding message is it's not too late."
While another added: "There is no other story more important than this one today. It won't make easy viewing, but please do watch David Attenborough tonight. The loss of biodiversity at this rate can only lead to one outcome."
Carrie Symonds, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's fiancée, also posted on Twitter saying: "Everyone should watch this. It's massively difficult to watch - I cried - but it is vital. We can't ignore it. It's time to act."
Scenes offered an insight into the shocking devastation humans have wrought on the natural world. From overfishing to climate change and pollution, the documentary identified the key drivers of biodiversity loss, explaining what we can all do to make a change.
Did you miss out on watching it? You can catch up on Extinction: The Facts via BBC One's catch up.
Take a look at some of the reactions below...
Maybe the most important TV programme ever made. People need to sit up and take notice that there's a bigger narrative. The overriding message is it's not too late🤞#ExtinctionTheFacts https://t.co/r5aGcDtPVA— Paul 'Simo' Simpson (@simmightsay) September 14, 2020
There is no other story more important than this one today. It won't make easy viewing, but please do watch David Attenborough tonight. The loss of biodiversity at this rate can only lead to one outcome.— Mark Thornton (@storiesforspace) September 14, 2020
Humans, you have one job: don't go extinct. #ExtinctionTheFacts https://t.co/7hKlzWQ7wr
Need 2 watch #ExtinctionTheFacts I didn't know it was a thing until I saw the hashtag... Sir David Attenborough, thank u 4 everything.— ✨🌈💫Seren🌱💐💚 (@SerenB9) September 14, 2020
I'm absolutely terrified 4 my future. I'm pretty educated on the human effects on the planet but none the less, this is going 2 invoke a huge cry
Incredibility moving to watch Attenborough's #Extinctionthefacts last night!— Hannah Hughes (@_HanR90) September 14, 2020
Each and every single one of us need realise the consequences our actions and take steps to actively reduce our impact on the planet!!
We must act now!
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