Netflix Our Planet

our interconnection — our hope

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“In the past 50 years wildlife populations have, on average, declined by 60%” — One Planet, S1-E1

Narrated by the voice we all love, David Attenborough, the Netflix original docu-series One Planet has enough stunning scenery to wow the senses and inspire you to double-down on your save-the-planet efforts.

It is a feast for the eyes. But the Emmy-nominated (10 nominations including Outstanding Documentary and Outstanding Cinematography) docu-series isn’t merely a scenic view of the Earth, it is also meant to inspire a greater sense of our connectivity as a planet — as a whole. This series thrusts a call to action in the forefront by showing just how crucially connected various environments are — even if they seem to be worlds apart. The soothing music and stunning scenery and compelling narrative weave an understanding into the fabric of climate change that seems to be missing in other documentaries.

It shows “look at all of this wonder” and all of it matters in one way or another — and we are a part of it. The docu-series opens with Season One Episode One, entitled “One Planet” by posing the situation and the question:

Situation:

In the 50 years since we stepped foot on the moon and got our first real look at planet Earth as a whole in that unique perspective — the human population on our planet has doubled. This is taking a toll on the populations of wildlife that share the same planet.

Question:

How can both wildlife and humans not only survive — but thrive?

The first of the 8 episodes takes a wide-angle lens view of the Earth, stopping to tell stories of various habitats, as they fit into a complex narrative of our planets interconnected webs of ecosystems. The lens narrows as we enter each part of the narrative to show exciting and dramatic footage of the migrations of birds, wildebeests, the hunting of caribou by wolves, and the crumbling of Greenland ice or delightful snapshots such as the mating behaviors of various species of Mannequin birds in the vast and complex rain forests. Each scene flows beautifully to the next and fits so neatly into the narrative that going along for the journey feels more a privilege than an education.

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The series doesn’t tell you to be worried or shame you into doing so — it shows you such breathtaking scenes that the thought of those things disappearing or being detrimentally altered seems abhorrent. It allows you the inspirational and emotional space to decide for yourself how wondrous it is to be a part of something so vastly complex. Being a part of this Earth is a gift.

And for those of you squeamish not-so-naturey people you will be quite happy with the cinematography of this one. The focus is the beauty and some truly unique connections of different natural environments that will keep your interest from opening to ending scenes. It feels more Disney than science class in terms of nostalgia. At times I felt completely swept away.

The 8 part series will delve into the various habitats in episodes 2–8 for a closer look at each and how they fit into the fabric or our Earth’s environment as a whole. Here are the topics of each episode (I’ll post short reviews of each as I get them written):

S1:E1 — Our Planet

S1:E2 — Frozen Worlds

S1:E3 — Jungles

S1:E4 — Coastal Seas

S1:E5 — From Deserts to Grasslands

S1:E6 — The High Seas

S1:E7 — Fresh Water

S1:E8 — Forests

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Christina Ward is a poet, nature writer, and environmental scientist/naturist from North Carolina. Her studies and lifelong passion for the environment is a foundational part of her writing. Will you join her in this quest to live a more enriched life through a healthy relationship with nature? Stay in touch!

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Join Netflix and the World Wildlife Federation on this journey to celebrate our natural earth. You may find that you enjoy this series far more than you expected. Episode one was downright entertaining. Well done Netflix.

I recommend this docu-series to: Anyone who lives on Earth.

Christina Ward is a poet, nature writer, and environmental scientist/naturist from North Carolina. Her studies and lifelong passion for the environment is a foundational part of her writing. Will you join her in this quest to live a more enriched life through a healthy relationship with nature? Stay in touch!

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