Sir David Attenborough has recorded a special New Year’s Day message for the world, suggesting “this could be a year for positive change”. The message will be released ahead of his latest blue chip natural history series A Perfect Planet, which premieres this week on BBC Player from 12 noon on Monday 4 January and on unifi’s BBC Earth cable TV channel on Monday 11 January at 8pm.
Traditionally a time to reset and make resolutions for the year ahead, Sir David asks “what positive changes can we make in our own lives” to help our planet?
In his speech, which he recorded while shielding at home, he observes that as the world gathers in Glasgow in 2021 for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, “the need to take action has never been more urgent”.
Sir David Attenborough’s message can be viewed first on unifi’s BBC Earth at 4pm MYT on New Year’s Day followed by online at 8pm MYT. Viewers around the world can watch it from 8pm MYT New Year’s Day on BBC Earth’s Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
His full message reads:
Hello, I’m David Attenborough.
I am speaking to you from my home, because like many of you I have spent much of the last year indoors, away from friends, family and access to the natural world.
It has been a challenging few months for many of us, but the reaction to these extraordinary times has proved that when we work together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.
Today we are experiencing environmental change as never before, and the need to take action has never been more urgent.
This year, the world will gather in Glasgow for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. It’s a crucial moment in our history. This could be a year for positive change, for ourselves, for our planet and for the wonderful creatures with which we share it.
A year the world could remember proudly and say, ‘we made a difference’. As we make our new years’ resolutions, let’s think about what each of us can do. What positive changes can we make in our own lives?
Here’s to a brighter year ahead. Let’s make 2021 a happy new year for all the inhabitants of our Perfect Planet.
A Perfect Planet was four years in the making and filmed in 31 countries on six continents. The first four episodes explore the power of volcanoes, sunlight, weather and oceans. The final episode in the series looks at the dramatic impact of the world’s newest force of nature: humans – and what can be done to restore our planet’s perfect balance.