Do you remember 'Planet Earth'?
The original big, bold nature documentary starring David Attenborough?
Of course you do. Chances are you own or owned it on DVD, because it’s the highest selling DVD in the world, by FAR.
My guest today is the filmmaker and director behind not just Planet Earth, but Planet Earth 2, Frozen Planet, Frozen Planet 2, Seven Worlds one Planet, and more.
Yes, he is the guy that led the teams to gather the footage and put together these incredible documentaries.
Would you believe Planet Earth came out 14 years ago? Which feels like a long time ago, and it is in a way, but in the scheme of things, it’s just a blip on the radar. And it’s easy to think that we’re not doing enough or moving quickly enough to protect our planet, but how’s this… that original Planet Earth series had ZERO mention of conservation or environmental issues. It was purely entertainment.
Fast forward 10 years later and its sequel, Planet Earth 2, had so much environmental conservation messaging built in. It just had to, it would have been rejected otherwise.
My guest today goes into detail his journey making these epic wildlife films over his career, and beautifully articulates the importance of storytelling, and presenting nature as an art form to be truly appreciated, in its own right.
I’ve said in previous conversations with guests that we shouldn’t be motivated to protect nature because we see its value to us and 'ecosystem services' it provides … that’s a very selfish way of thinking of it.
We should want to protect Nature just because it exists, and we love it and appreciate its beauty.
This is what these big, bold, and beautiful documentaries have done for me, and this is what we talk about in this conversation today: the role of art and storytelling in our lives.
We also talk about the limitations of science and why many people don’t get motivated by numbers and statistics.
We talk about the changes in habitat and wild places around the world and the impacts that humans are having.
And, I ask some critically important questions about these films like, "What was it like when you first shot the ‘snakes and iguanas’ scene?", and "When you see an animal suffering in the wild, how do you know when to intervene?"
And most importantly – we talk about what YOU can do, as an individual, to have an impact because we DO all have a voice and we CAN all play a critical role in protecting wild places.
So please enjoy this conversation with wildlife biologist, director, and filmmaker, Dr Chadden Hunter