Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Our Planet: Will Attenboroughs new show spur the travel sector into action?

Attenboroughs sobering warning about the devastation plastic waste is causing to our oceans resonate..

By Sunday Herald Team , in Travel , at April 12, 2019

Attenboroughs sobering warning about the devastation plastic waste is causing to our oceans resonated with just about everyone who watched it.

In fact, one poll found 88% of people who saw the episode in question, broadcast in November 2017, say they have since changed their behaviour towards plastics.

The travel sector has, for several years, made a concerted effort to address the issue of plastic waste. Abtas 2018 Make Holidays Greener campaign switched its focus to plastic waste, and the association has pledged to expand on this work this year.

Nikki White, Abtas director of destinations and sustainability, described the change in attitudes following Blue Planet II as a “tipping point in public awareness on the damage plastics can have on the environment” and called for businesses to “drive forward change in their approach internally, as well as with suppliers and destinations”.

Attenborough returns to our screens on Friday (April 5) with what is set to be another spectacular and thought-provoking eight-part series entitled Our Planet, which this time has been produced in partnership with Netflix where it will air rather than the BBC.

The first episode highlights the diversity of habitats across the world and the “fragile” connections between them, and features footage of Peruvian seabird colonies, lesser flamingos nesting in Africa, wildebeest in the Serengeti and polar bears on Svalbard.

More than 600 crew worked on the series, which was filmed in 50 countries across every continent on the earth. Our Planet will be accompanied by a range of initiatives and online resources “to help people of all ages understand the importance of ERead More – Source

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