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Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet release date - David Attenborough to narrate Netflix documentary

David Attenborough narrates a new Netflix documentary on how humanity's actions are threatening the stability of our planet.

Published: Tuesday, 11th May 2021 at 7:03 pm

Sir David Attenborough is returning to our screens in Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet – Netflix's upcoming documentary about the Earth's planet thresholds that the human race has dangerously pushed beyond.


From Our Planet team Silverback Films, the feature-length doc will see Attenborough and scientist Professor Johan Tockström look at topics of biodiversity and climate change, and the solutions we must put in place now if we want to secure the future of humanity.

The streamer released the first trailer for Breaking Boundaries on 10th May 2021, in which Attenborough explains: "As we increase our pressures on Earth, we are now crossing irreversible tipping points."

In the clip, we see worrying shots of deforestation in action, hugely polluted cities and natural landscapes barren of natural life before Tockström says: "What we do between 2020 and 2030, it will be the decisive decade for humanity's future on Earth."

Read on to watch the full trailer, and for everything you need to know about Breaking Boundaries – from the Netflix release date to what it's about.

When is Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet on Netflix?

The upcoming documentary will arrive on Netflix on Friday 4th June.

Netflix announced the project back in April, revealing that Sir David Attenborough would be narrating Breaking Boundaries, while scientist Professor Johan Rockström would feature.

What is Breaking Boundaries about?

Narrated by David Attenborough, the film follows scientist Professor Johan Rockström as he investigates how humanity has pushed Earth beyond the boundaries that have kept the planet stable for 10,000 years, since the dawn of civilisation.

On his journey, Rockström details the thresholds of the planet that we must not exceed to save the stability of the world we live in, and to ensure the future of humanity. He suggests solutions we can put in place to protect Earth’s life support systems.

Swedish professor Rockström, who has appeared in documentaries including the award-winning climate change movie Before The Flood, is internationally recognised as an expert on global sustainability issues.

Talking about the documentary, he says: “This is about Earth’s life support system – the biosphere, a thin veil clinging to the surface of Earth where life thrives.”

“My work is about understanding the interactions between Earth’s climate, ecosystems and life, the ocean and ice sheets, rivers, lakes and soils, forests and farms, the carbon cycle… and people – the economy, governments, consumers. As a species, as a global civilisation, we are now in the driver’s seat. We are the main force for change in the biosphere.”

Is there a trailer for Breaking Boundaries?

Netflix released the first trailer for David Attenborough's upcoming documentary Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet, in which the legendary broadcaster warns us: "All is not well with our planet."

If you're desperate for a taste of what's to come then you're in luck – Netflix also shared the first 10 minutes of Breaking Boundaries last month.


Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet will be released on Netflix Friday 4th June. Check out our lists of the best series on Netflix and the best movies on Netflix, or see what else is on with our TV Guide. Also visit our dedicated Documentaries hub for more news.


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