The final episode of Human Planet looks at the environment which has been made by humans for humans. Cities are our greatest success story and now over half the world's population lives in the urban jungle. They are built to keep untamed nature out, but nature cannot be pushed away. From bed bugs sucking our blood at night, to rats in our restaurants, gangs of monkey muggers and rutting elks in downtown USA, many animals have adapted to living in a world of bricks and steel.
The majority of the world's population live alongside rivers. For these peoples, the waters bring times of plenty and times of great danger and so these communities have to adapt to the ebb and flow of their environment.
The world's rainforests are brimming with life. They are environments of plenty where a successful community needs more than the hunt for resources to keep it together.
Some people understand the seas in a way modern science cannot comprehend. Yet this understanding has stemmed from extreme isolation and the ability of communities to exist on even the smallest land masses and to harvest bounty that can be seen below the waves or beyond the horizon.
Many people have a deeply spiritual connection with high places, be they European mountain climbers, yak herders or descendants of the Inca. But these are also tough places where you have to fight for survival.
It's obvious, but true that the availability of water dominates life in the desert. Vital to the Kababish are the huge areas of north Sudanese desert that provide bountiful grazing paradise after good rains. This is the fabled gizzu. It may be a 1500km round trip away and involve the crossing of a vast expanse of sandy desert, but a good three months spent here with your camels ensures wealth, status and marriage.
Life on the plains and grasslands of the world is about movement, freedom and livestock. The Nyangatom of southern Ethiopia have fought and won a rangeland for themselves, but they and their herds of cattle and goats are totally reliant on gigantic wells. At the height of the dry season a huge collective well is dug down on the dry bed of the Kibish River. These hand dug wells can be 30m wide and 30m deep and are designed as pits as the sand walls are prone to collapse. Dozens of people are killed by collapsing wells each year.
Narrated by John Hurt and following in the footsteps of Planet Earth and Life, this epic eight part blockbuster is a breathtaking celebration of the amazing, complex, profound and sometimes challenging relationship between humankind and nature. Each week the series focuses on a particular habitat and reveals how its people have created astonishing solutions in the face of extreme adversity. In episode one, Arctic, the temperature is sixty degrees below zero. It is the harshest environment on Earth, yet four million people manage to survive in the Arctic. This film follows a year in the human freezer.
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