We’ve said it before. Animal Kinship is more than just a pet supply shop. It is a global movement that encourages good relations not only between humans and animals, but also between humans and the natural world. Both kingdoms of nature depend upon these good relations not only to exist, but to thrive. Animals help humans become more aware and appreciative of the environments we live in and of the delicate balance that sustains the interdependent ecosystems of our planet.
Sir David Attenborough is possibly the world’s best-known and respected spokesperson for the natural world. At the age of 93, and a lifetime of work dedicated to discovering and revealing the mysteries of life on earth, his tireless efforts continue through his latest documentary and accompanying book entitled, “A Life on Our Planet”. His work as a naturalist, film-maker and broadcaster spans almost seven decades, making a legendary contribution to the store of human knowledge regarding life on our planet.
For this reason we suggest his most recent documentary, “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet”, be watched and not forgotten. The accompanying book “A Life on Our Planet, My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future” deserves a place in every home as a reminder of the film and blueprint for actions that inspire hope. We have no time to waste yet the message is clear; there is time to save the planet, and ultimately save ourselves, if we choose to act now through individual and unified action at every level.
Factual scientific information gathered from numerous sources presents a clear picture of the situation humans have helped to create, and only humans can change. A picture and text regarding the bushfires that burned out of control on Australia’s southeast coast in 2019-2020 is included in the book. This is notable not only because it was chosen to be included as an example of an environmental crisis, but because it states that “Climate change has been cited as a contributing factor, although many in the Australian Government denied this at the time”. The eyes of nations are upon us. All nations are watching each other. The time, need and opportunity for visionary leadership has never been greater.
To this end, the book refers to New Zealand under the decisive leadership of its Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, going so far as to say “New Zealand may be a guiding light. Surveys in other nations show that people across the world are now keen for their governments to prioritise people and planet over profit alone”. (p134) As relations between Australia and New Zealand continue to build and strengthen, we have every reason to believe that the creative and collaborative efforts of individuals and governments in these lands under the southern stars can be guiding lights in the world, demonstrating leadership and action that focuses on what is good for the planet is also what is good and prosperous for the people.
Please join us in wishing that Attenborough’s life be long and his work of planetary service continue to be fruitful. We honour the life of this living legend through actions that benefit all life on our planet in whatever ways we are inspired to do so. Everything we do – or don’t do – matters.