Prince William and David Attenborough present a new BBC show on the environment featuring pioneers recognized for finding innovative solutions to the most pressing climate problems.
In a trailer introducing the documentary, The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet, The Duke of Cambridge, 39, tells viewers “this is a moment for hope, not fear.”
The Queen’s grandson, who lives at Kensington Palace in London with his wife Kate Middleton and their three children, will speak in the five-part series with winners of The Earthshot Prize, a global competition he launched with The Royal Foundation in October 2020 .
Prince William and David Attenborough present a new BBC show on the environment with pioneers recognized for finding innovative solutions to the most pressing climate problems
In a trailer introducing the documentary, The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet, David Attenborough joins the Duke of Cambridge
In a short trailer, the prince said: “This is a moment for hope, not fear.
‘That is precisely why I launched the Earthshot Prize, the most ambitious environmental prize in history. A decade of action to restore our planet.”
Sir David Attenborough, who also hosts the show, tells viewers: ‘Imagine what’s possible.’
Inspired by John F Kennedy’s Moonshot project that advanced humanity’s achievements, the prince named 15 finalists from around the world earlier this month.
Josie Iselin (pictured), an artist whose love of seaweed has made her an advocate for California’s declining kelp forests, will be featured on the show
Pictured: Theresa Sia Bayon, general secretary of the Liberia Artisanal Fishermen Association, featured in “The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet.”
Winners included a 14-year-old girl from India who designed a solar-powered ironing cart, the country of Costa Rica, which is pioneering a project that pays local citizens to restore natural ecosystems, and a Chinese app that allows citizens polluters to account.
The BBC series will air from 3 October and each episode will focus on a different environmental problem: protecting and restoring nature, restoring the climate, fighting air pollution, reviving the oceans and tackling waste.
Episodes will be broadcast in the run-up to the United Nations Cop26 Climate Change Summit to be held in Glasgow on November 1.
Ibrahim Amadu at Agbogbloshie in Accra, Ghana, featured in ‘The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet’.
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 to be one of the most innovative environmental programs ever created.
“The television and radio series along with the awards ceremony will celebrate the incredible Earthshot Prize finalists as they inspire and challenge us all to play our part in this defining decade for the planet.”
Cornish fisherman Malcolm Saunders, who has witnessed a slump in fish stocks in his lifetime, will star in Prince William’s new documentary
An awards ceremony for the inaugural Earthshot Prize at Alexandra Palace in London on October 17 will also be broadcast on BBC One.
Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s Chief Content Officer, said: ‘In the run-up to Cop26, there couldn’t be a more critical time to air this historic series and celebrate the amazing ingenuity of people around the world.’
The series also features singer Shakira, former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres and soccer 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 air in October.