You can’t say the small screen doesn’t do its bit when it comes to informing people of the damage we’re doing to the planet. Two more are set to air next week. One in the UK, one in the US.
First up is a new three-part series, War on Plastics with Hugh and Anita, starting on Monday 10 June (9pm, BBC One).
In the programme, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani will explore the plastic pollution problem and what can be done to try and solve it. They will be challenging big businesses to do more to reduce the plastic in their products, questioning the government about what they are doing to address recycling and plastic production. Plus an entire street in Bristol tries to significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastic in their homes, over the course of four months, to discover how easy, or difficult, it is to make these kind of changes.
The ubiquitous plastic bottle also comes in for scrutiny with Hugh donning a disguise to launch a new brand of Tapineau (or bottled tap water) to see if anyone can really tell the difference in taste.
Tuesday 11 June then sees the HBO premiere of Ice on Fire, a new documentary presented by actor and environmentalist, Leonardo DiCaprio.
“My partners and I made ‘Ice on Fire’ to give a voice to the scientists and researchers who work tirelessly every day on the front lines of climate change. We wanted to make a film that depicts the beauty of our planet while highlighting much-needed solutions across renewable energy and carbon sequestration.
“This film does more than show what is at stake if we continue on a course of inaction and complacency — it shows how, with the help of dedicated scientists, we can all fight back. I hope audiences will be inspired to take action to protect our beautiful planet,” DiCaprio said in a recent statement.
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