The book that will be discussed, via Zoom, on Wednesday, September 15, will be A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and A Vision for the Future, by David Attenborough, with Jonnie Hughes.
A Life on Our Planet is the companion book to the documentary by that name, which was released in 2020. The book is written in three parts, with the first part discussing the decline of wildlife and rise in carbon emissions during key moments in Attenborough’s career. The second part explains global warming and species extinction and how quickly they will accelerate if mankind continues on its current path. The third and final section explains what can be done to avoid catastrophe.
The book appeared on the Financial Times list of best books in 2020. Critics praised the book as “extremely powerful,” “refreshingly optimistic,” and “an important message.”
Now in his 90’s, David Attenborough is a broadcaster and naturalist. As Controller of BBC 2 and then as Director of Programmes for BBC Television, Attenborough proved to be highly innovative, introducing color television and including Monty Python in BBC programming. As a documentarian, he is noted for series such as Life on Earth, The Living Planet, The Private Life of Plants, and Planet Earth.
The recipient of numerous awards, Attenborough was knighted in 1985 and is a fellow of the Royal Society.
Mary Lloyd will lead the discussion, which will take place via Zoom, on Wednesday, September 15, beginning at 7 p.m. Cannon Beach Reads plans to meet via Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. until in-person meetings are possible again. Email Joe Bernt at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join the discussion. New members are always welcome.