In a statement, Attenborough, who is 94, said: "The Earth’s life-support machine, the thing we humans rely upon for everything we need, runs on its biodiversity. Yet the way we live on Earth now is sending it into a decline. I have been a witness to this decline. This book contains my witness statement, and my vision for the future – the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake, and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right."
An intimate, urgent and impassioned book, A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and Vision for the Future will be published by Ebury in October to coincide with the global release of a Netflix documentary film of the same name.
Albert DePetrillo, publishing director at BBC Books, said that the book was "David's masterpiece – a book with a huge heart and urgency, and a message the world needs now more than ever."