The BBC has been named as the broadcast partner for The Earthshot Prize, a global environmental prize launched by Prince William today (8 October).
The Earthshot Prize aims to incentivise change and “help repair the planet” by identifying evidence-based solutions to the biggest environmental problems facing the world.
Every year for the next ten years, five £1m prizes will be awarded to those who make the most progress towards achieving five ‘Earthshots’, which are described as “simple but ambitious” goals to repair the planet.
They include: Protect and restore nature; clean our air; revive our oceans; build a waste free world; fix our climate.
The BBC will now air a major five-part series, ‘Earthshot: How To Save Our Planet’, ahead of the first awards ceremony in London in Autumn 2021. The series will feature Prince William as well as scientists, wildlife experts and environmentalists.
The series will explore environmental hazards as well as investigate solutions which can be implemented to avert environmental problems, and practical projects that can be rolled out across the world.
It will be developed and produced by natural history filmmakers Silverback Films, and is described by the BBC as a “landmark series” to show viewers “how our unique world can be brought back from the brink”.
Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey will be executive producers, while Jonnie Hughes is the series producer. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC chief content officer and Jack Bootle, head of commissioning, Science and Natural History.
The BBC will also broadcast the inaugural Earthshot Prize awards ceremony which will take place in London in Autumn 2021.
Charlotte Moore, chief content officer, said: “The BBC is proud to be the broadcast partner with the Duke of Cambridge on this inspiring initiative which reflects our continued commitment to being at the forefront of environmental and natural history programming over the next 10 years.
“The time to act is now, and The Earthshot Prize will reinvigorate the scientists and environmentalists who are working tirelessly to find solutions to what is a global environmental emergency.”
She added: “Our major five part series that accompanies the inaugural awards ceremony will inform audiences of what’s being done around the world to help save our planet.”