Prince William and Sir David Attenborough will be the voices of the new BBC TV show, The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet.
Prince William and David Attenborough will present a new BBC show about the environment featuring pioneers who have been recognised for finding innovative solutions to the most pressing climate issues. The BBC series will air from 3 October 2021, with each episode focusing on a different environmental issue – protecting and restoring nature, fixing the climate, combating air pollution, reviving the oceans, and tackling waste.
Speaking in the short trailer, the prince said: “This is a moment for hope, not fear. It’s for this very reason that I launched the Earthshot Prize, the most ambitious environmental prize in history. A decade of action to repair our planet.” Sir David Attenborough, who also presents the show, tells viewers: “Just imagine what might be possible.”
The Queen’s grandson, who lives at Kensington Palace in London with his wife Kate Middleton and their three children, will speak with winners of The Earthshot Prize, a global competition he launched alongside The Royal Foundation in October 2020, in the five-part series.
Taking inspiration from John F Kennedy’s Moonshot project which advanced mankind’s achievements, the prince named 15 finalists from across the globe earlier this month.
Josie Iselin is an artist whose love of seaweeds has seen her become an advocate for California’s diminishing kelp forests will feature in the show Theresa Sia Bayon, general secretary for the Liberia Artisanal Fishermen Association, also features in ‘The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet’.
Winners included a 14-year-old girl from India who has designed a solar-powered ironing cart, the nation of Costa Rica, which has pioneered a project paying local citizens to restore natural ecosystems, and a Chinese app that allows its citizens to hold polluters to account.
Jason Knauf, chief executive of The Royal Foundation, said he hopes viewers will be ‘inspired’ by the series.
He said: “Over an unprecedented two-week period, television and radio audiences will be inspired by what we believe is some of the most innovative environmental programming that has ever been created. The television and radio series along with the awards ceremony will celebrate the incredible Earthshot Prize Finalists, while inspiring and challenging all of us to play our part in this decisive decade for the planet.”
Charlotte Moore, BBC chief content officer, said: “In the run-up to Cop26, there couldn’t be a more critical time to air this landmark series, and celebrate the amazing ingenuity of people across the world.”
Episodes will air in the build-up to the United Nations Cop26 climate summit hosted in Glasgow from 1 November 2021. An awards ceremony for the inaugural Earthshot Prize at Alexandra Palace in London on October 17 will also be aired on BBC One. The series will also feature singer Shakira, former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, and football star Dani Alves.
In addition to the BBC One series produced by natural history filmmakers Silverback Films, a Radio 4 series, Costing The Earth: Earthshot, will also be broadcast in October.
Original source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk