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For the past two weeks, my weekend routine has been to watch ‘Planet Earth’, one of the most ambitious series undertaken by the BBC Natural History Unit. I loaned this 5 DVD set from the  Public library.  My review of the series would consist of all superlatives! The producers, and camera crew of the series have travelled to various corners of the world. The picturisation of wildlife is amazing. At the conclusion of each ‘episode’ , their ‘diaries’ provide a glimpse into the trials and tribulations of picturing the scenes. Special mention to the field research team, and script writers.

What I also like about this series, is that it shows the world as it is. Agreed, that we are not doing enough to prevent degradation of nature; nevertheless it is refreshing to sit back and watch some of the areas untouched by humans.

Alastair Forthergill, Executive Producer,states’ We’re telling quite complex and difficult individual stories but also – and really importantly – we are telling these wonderful global stories. Why are all the world’s deserts where they are? Why are all the coral reefs in the world on the eastern sides of continents? Why are the richest fishing grounds in the world on the western sides of continents?

Are you among the people who pays close attention to those questions? If you do notice a difference between them and the alternative scenario that is prevalent today, you would find the Planet Earth series educational and equally fascinating.

Alastair Forthergill again: The opening programme starts with a very simple message. We just say “100 years ago there were a billion and a half people on our planet; now there are six billion. And yet, enormous areas of the world remain untouched.” And they do. Despite the fact that we’ve trashed quite a lot of it, the vast majority of it – most of the mountains, oceans, deserts, most of the wilderness areas are relatively untouched, that’s what makes them interesting. The function of Planet Earth is to raise people’s awareness and to show them things that are still out there which are still unspoilt.

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