Fake Himalaya Lockdown Footage Originated In Attenborough Film

By Paul Homewood


The other day, I wrote about how ITV had broadcast fake, photo-shopped footage, purporting to show that the Himalayas were now visible from Kathmandu because of reduced pollution during lockdown.

The same footage is included in a new Attenborough film, “The Year The Earth Changed”, apparently made by the BBC. The report below about the film is dated 18th April, so predates the ITV item, and it appears likely that the fake footage originated in this film:.





For those who missed my earlier post, the top photo is claimed to be pre-lockdown, but the group of men in the bottom right proves that it is the same photo as the other, with the Himalayas photo-shopped out. The film includes this claim from a local:

“With the clear skies, for the first time in a lifetime we can see the Himalayas”


Whether air quality has improved or not is not the issue. The BBC film makers have used footage designed to deceive, and Attenborough has lent his name to the fraud.

Good News Network give a flavour of the film, which is only viewable on Apple TV:

 In celebration of Earth Day 2021, a new documentary “The Year Earth Changed” was released, narrated by Award-winning broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

Produced by the BBC, it is now available globally on Apple TV+, showcasing exclusive nature footage from around the world after an unprecedented year of worldwide human quarantine.

“During this most difficult year many people have reappraised the value and beauty of the natural world and taken great comfort from it,” said Attenborough. “But the lockdown also created a unique experiment.

“Less noise, less fume in the air… Creatures around us have flourished, by and large, in this last year,” Attenborough told CBS.

Especially whales. They were able to vocalize to their young much easier with no cruise ships nearby. The parents could travel farther to feed, knowing their young could hear them. Scientists had never heard some of the sounds.

From witnessing whales communicating in new ways, to hearing a new birdsong in cities, to encountering capybaras in South American suburbs, people all over the world have had the chance to engage with nature like never before.

In the one-hour special, viewers can contemplate what can be accomplished by closing beaches a few days a year, for instance, which can have a profound impact on nature.

“The stories of how wildlife responded have shown that making even small changes to what we do can make a big difference.”



  I leave you to form your own views. But it sounds to me as if Attenborough would be happy to us stay in permanent lockdown.



May 2, 2021 at 06:39AM

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