Netflix lures Sir David Attenborough away from BBC

Sir David Attenborough has warned humans have become the ‘greatest threat’ to the health of our planet.

The veteran presenter pleaded with people to ‘pay attention’ while there is ‘still time’ to save the natural world.

The BBC stalwart, 92, has moved to streaming giant Netflix for a blockbuster series in a bid to propel the world into action.

More than 600 members of crew captured 3,500 days of filming across 50 countries to create Our Planet – an ‘ambitious’ eight-part series.

Sir David, who narrates the programme, said the show will ‘take viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery showcasing the beauty and fragility of our natural world’.

Speaking at WWF’s State of the Planet Address last night, he warned: ‘Today we have become the greatest threat to the health of our home, but there’s still time for us to address the challenges we’ve created, if we act now. We need the world to pay attention.

‘Our Planet brings together some of the world’s best filmmakers and conservationists, and I’m delighted to help bring this important story to millions of people worldwide.’

Sir David, who has worked with the BBC for more than 60 years, campaigned for humans to cut back on plastic use in Blue Planet.

And his upcoming series Dynasties, which starts on BBC One on Sunday, warns that the animal kingdom is under threat due to a lack of space.

Our Planet, which is a joint venture from the creators of Planet Earth, WWF and Netflix, will premiere on April 5 2019 in more than 190 countries. Director Alastair Fothergill, who was behind the hit Planet Earth and Blue Planet natural history series on the BBC, said that the show is their ‘most ambitious endeavour to date’.

He said: ‘We hope it will inspire and delight hundreds of millions of people across the world so they can understand our planet, and the environmental threat it faces, as never before.

‘By launching on Netflix at the same time all over the world, this series will enable people to connect to and understand the shared responsibility we all have. We are genuinely all in this together.’

Colin Butfield, executive director of WWF UK and executive producer of Our Planet, added: ‘We’re the first generation to know the full impact of what we’re doing to our planet, and the last that has the chance to do anything about it.

‘We’re at a unique moment in our history where we have the chance to put things right and start on the path towards a better future.

‘Our Planet will showcase the wonders of our world at the critical time when we need global action to protect it.’

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