BBC Earth is proud to present a special collection of programmes that showcase the beauty of the world that we live in, but also highlight the fragile nature of its existence. Our new Eco Season will take you on a journey of discovery and deeper understanding of the world we live in and how we can protect it.
This landmark season of programming is brought to you in association with One Tree Planted, a non-profit organisation that is supporting global reforestation. To celebrate this Eco Season, One Tree Planted are planting 100,000 trees across regions such as Europe, Asia, and South Africa. To track the charity’s tree planting activities and find out more about the organisation, head to their website.
Amongst the new Eco Season titles is powerful documentary Extinction: The Facts starring Sir David Attenborough. Extinction: The Facts is a shocking but inspiring series; full of beautiful scenes from our natural world that we simply cannot afford to lose.
Another of BBC Earth’s Eco Season premieres, Eco Feast, fuses food with science to examine how our food choices effect our planet at a celebrity dinner party with a big difference. Food accounts for a third of greenhouse gas emissions, and Eco Feast reveals the exact carbon footprint of the dishes that five special guests select at this unusual TV dinner.
We’re also giving you another chance to watch Climate Change: The Facts. This documentary is as relevant now as ever, highlighting the massive impact that climate change is having upon our oceans, land and ecosystem.
Feeling inspired to take action? Check out a few of our eco-friendly tips on the topics below to learn how you can have a positive impact on our environment! Even small changes can make a difference and remember; it takes a planet to save a planet.
Food: try introducing more plant-based foods into your diet.
Introducing more plant-based foods into our day-to-day lives will drastically reduce carbon emissions, as well as the amount of land we use to farm.
Waste: think about reducing your water, energy and plastic waste.
Switching off lights as you leave any room, taking shorter showers, composting food waste and recycling are all important. However, you can also reduce waste by being considerate when purchasing anything new, especially those items that can create lifelong waste (e.g. plastics) or that use large amounts of energy to create. You can also get creative to reduce your food waste! Check out some additional tips to avoid food waste here.
Travel: be mindful when travelling and consider what alternative options may be available.
By reducing travel via traditional cars, and cutting down on long-haul flights, we can cut our individual carbon footprints by up to a massive three tonnes each according to a 2020 report. Walking, cycling and using public transport are always great alternatives for our planet. We all recognise that travel is often necessary, but being mindful of your own travel habits and reducing travel where possible can be truly impactful.
Energy: consider renewable energy options.
Fossil fuels are a limited resource and also responsible for much of the pollution affecting our planet. As the world shifts towards more renewable energy sources, why not look at renewable energy options available to you?
Be curious: when purchasing food, clothes and general household items.
Be curious when shopping for any item by taking a look at its origins. Try to source items locally where possible, as this will help to reduce your own carbon footprint. Also consider taking a closer look at the ingredients of your food and the fabric of your clothes. Fabrics such as viscose are directly contributing to deforestation; find more information on harmful fashion materials such as viscose here.
Tuesday 16th March at 20:00 & Sunday 20th March at 20:00
Sir David Attenborough and a cast of world leading scientists bring us the facts behind the current extinction crisis. Extinction - The Facts will reveal what extinction is, what is happening now, why it is happening and what could happen in the future.
The film will show how interconnected everything is and use cause, effect and consequence to explain why extinction matters for the planet and everyone living on it - before revealing actions being taken to mitigate against biodiversity loss and what we can we do about it.
Friday 19th March at 20:00 & Saturday 20th March at 21:00
Celebrity diners discover the carbon cost of their food in a unique experiment. Food is a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions. But the most harmful choices aren’t always the ones you expect.
Celebrities learn surprising food truths as every dish they choose moves them up and down a carbon footprint scoreboard. And as they make their choices, and the winner is chosen, a team of scientists and chefs offer valuable advice on reducing the impact of what we all eat.
Thursday 18th March Episode 1 at 20:00 & Episode 2 at 21:00
We're just two degrees away from a climate catastrophe. Can the human race be saved?
Using dramatic user-generated content and emotional first-hand testimony, this film delivers the facts about global warming simply and strikingly. Intimate stories get inside the lives of the people affected by climate change, and those fighting it. And world-leading experts reveal the developments that are redefining our horizons.