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“Our Planet” Reveals the Wonders of Nature

A mother blue whale and her calf swim along the Atlantic Ocean every morning in the hopes of catching an early morning breakfast. People do not commonly get to witness such beautiful animals with the naked eye. Although this is not common, the new Netflix original series, Our Planet, gives humans a different aspect on the wildlife that so few get to experience.

Netflix partnered with Silverback Productions and the World Wildlife Fund to put out an eight-part series broadcasting our world’s nature, delicate habitats, wildlife, and struggles that a person causes. For four years over 600 crew members captured nature’s wildest moments across fifty countries. Crew members used the world’s latest, most advanced technology in the hopes of getting the most accurate shots of our world.

The World Wildlife Fund commented, “We are the first generation that knows we are destroying the world, and we could be the last that can do anything about it. But together we can reverse the damage and restore nature. With never seen before sequences, Our Planet will take you to corners of the world where the most amazing natural events happen and motivate you to make changes to protect the place that we call home.”  Our Planet is attempting to show what humans need to do to help restore the world.

For example, our planet is facing the aftermath of global warming. Ice is breaking and snow is melting. Our Planet shows live footage of a glacier breaking in half. Although that may not sound very important, it is. Polar animals rely on these glaciers. If the glacier breaks, animals may no longer have a habitat.

Our Planet displays our role in Earth’s issues perfectly. Humans litter too often which can kill any animal that mistakenly eats it. Humans produce too much pollution which is a main factor in global warming. One person can make a huge difference if they just picked up one piece of trash a day or rode a bike to school instead of driving a car.

Bruce Lipton, scientist, said, “Through consciousness, our minds have the power to change our planet and ourselves. It is time we heed the wisdom of the ancient indigenous people and channel our consciousness and spirit to tend the garden and not destroy it.” Our Planet is an extraordinary show that shows a day-to-day person the world’s natural beauty. The show is eye-opening and a work of art.