Sir David Attenborough ended Planet Earth II with a plea for those living in cities to not lose their ties to nature. He acknowledged the importance of those ties to environmental efforts. He also pointed out that we are all interconnected and dependent on the same resources on this planet, echoing our call here at Saving the West to bridge the urban-rural divide.
The Independent has more information on the episode:
Indeed, the episode was capped off with the very first onscreen appearance of Sir David Attenborough himself, in a direct piece-to-camera that entreated viewers to rethink the possibilities of their urban environments; especially when Singapore has seen revolutionary attempts to create symbiotic structures where both humans and animals can thrive.
“Now, over half of us live in an urban environment,” Attenborough stated. “My home, too, is here – in the city of London. Looking down on this great metropolis, the ingenuity with which we continue to reshape the surface of our planet is very striking. But it’s also sobering. It reminds me of just how easy it is for us to lose our connection with the natural world.”
“Yet, it’s on this connection that the future of both humanity and the natural world will depend. And it is, surely, our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth.”