David and Greta In Conversation: The Climate Crisis
12 October 2020
Wildscreen Festival 2020 is hugely excited to announce that Sir David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg will be brought together in conversation from their respective homes in the UK and Sweden. They are separated by 77 years in age but are united by a shared passion to protect the natural world.
They’ll discuss the most pressing issue of our age - the climate emergency. This is a unique chance to hear two of the most influential figures of our time honestly discussing their opinions of where are now and where we need to be. They will ask each other questions about what we can do to empower ourselves to look after our planet and their experiences of communicating the impacts humans have and are continuing to make on the environment.
David and Greta will give a nod to the wildlife filmmaking community, commending their vital work and the importance of the conservation stories told through their films. They will also discuss the significance of Wildscreen as a festival as Greta reflects that it was watching natural history films that introduced her to the climate emergency: “Films and movies have the power to open our eyes.”
“David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet,” a film by Sir David, now streaming globally on Netflix, outlines his witness statement, vision for the future and how we can work with nature to overturn the climate emergency. Greta has continued with her environmental activism during the pandemic via a digital strike and has made a return to school. Her film, “I Am Greta,” which makes an appeal to act now to stop climate change before it’s too late, is due to be released on Hulu in the UK on 16 October and in the USA on 13 November.
Alastair Fothergill, Co-director, “David Attenborough A Life On Our Planet” said: “This is the very first time that Sir David and Greta have had the chance for a detailed conversation and it certainly does not disappoint.”
Sue Martineau, interim Wildscreen CEO said: “We are so proud that two of the most famous figures in the fight against climate change have agreed to take time out of their exceptionally busy schedules to appear at Wildscreen Festival 2020. The brave and powerful voices of the iconic naturalist Sir David Attenborough and the climate and environmental activist Greta Thunberg is a compelling gift and couldn’t be more pertinent in our current global crisis.”
Sir David Attenborough, Naturalist and broadcaster.
Sir David grew up in Leicestershire where his love of natural history began. He studied at the University of Cambridge, working at an educational publishing house not long after graduating. In 1952, Sir David completed a training programme at the BBC and went on to build a career as a television producer. One of his first wildlife series was Zoo Quest, in which live animals were filmed in the wild and in zoos. This show proved enormously popular and widened the scope of the educational programming offered by the BBC.
In 1965 Sir David became controller of the BBC's second television channel, BBC Two. Between 1968 and 1972 he was also director of television programming, and it was after this he resigned and began working on a freelance basis. Since then he has been the face of seminal natural history television programmes for the BBC as well as for Silverback Films and other independent production companies in Bristol.
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, a film by Sir David, now streaming globally on Netflix, outlines his witness statement, vision for the future and how we can work with nature to overturn the climate emergency.
Greta Thunberg, Swedish environmental activist, founded a movement known as Fridays For Future (also known as School Strike for Climate) in 2018. She would strike every day in the lead up to the Swedish election and caught the world's attention in the process. She has been striking every week since, and as of mid-October 2020 she was on week 112 of her strike. She first learned of the climate emergency at the age of eight through watching natural history films. Greta has continued with her environmental activism during the pandemic via a digital strike and has made a return to school. Her film, “I Am Greta,” which makes an appeal to act now to stop climate change before it’s too late, is due to be released on Hulu in the UK on 16 October and in the USA on 13 November.
The Keynote event David and Greta in Conversation: The Planetary Crisis was first shown at 7pm on the 20th of Octocer 2020 to delegates at the virtual Wildscreen Festival. The festival added it to YouTube the following day, when it was also added here. They said:
He's the world's best loved natural history presenter and broadcaster. She's the Swedish schoolgirl who inspired a world to sit up and take notice of the climate emergency with her Climate for School strikes.
Wildscreen is thrilled to be virtually bringing them together for a very special Keynote conversation. They're separated by 77 years in age but united by one shared desire - to protect the natural world. Join them as they discuss some of the key issues facing the planet - and what we can do to mitigate against them.
Wildscreen is an award-winning not-for-profit conservation organisation. Our goal is to convene the world’s best filmmakers and photographers with the most committed conservationists to create compelling stories about the natural world and so inspire the wider public to experience it, feel part of it and protect it.
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Wildscreen is based in Bristol, UK – the south west of England city nicknamed ‘Green Hollywood’ because it produces more natural history film and TV than any other city in the world. www.wildscreen.org
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