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Meet the creators behind Sir David Attenborough’s ground-breaking Netflix series ‘Our Planet’

Six months ago Netflix launched its landmark series ‘Our Planet’, which took viewers on an emotional journey; showcasing Earth’s breath-taking wildlife as never before, whilst putting a spotlight on conservation for the first time in documentary filmmaking.

It’s thanks to Sir David Attenborough and series like ‘Our Planet’ that the world is waking up to the rapid decline of wildlife and the urgent need to address threats such as climate change, with conservation playing a crucial role in preserving the world for future generations.

The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN), a charity that champions outstanding grassroots conservation leaders, has joined forces with ‘Our Planet’ Series Producer Alastair Fothergill to host a special event exploring the making of the documentary and the conservation taking place behind the camera.  Alastair – who is also an Ambassador for WFN – will be joined by Whitley Award winner Jayson Ibañez, a WFN supported conservationist whose work to protect the emblematic Philippine Eagle is featured in the documentary.

Alastair commented: “It was essential that Our Planet showcased magnificent scenes from the natural world whilst bringing the conservation message to the forefront. We had to get the balance between the two just right and provide an insight into the dedication and challenges that individuals face every day to save our planet, with vital support from charities like the Whitley Fund for Nature.”

The event will take place on Wednesday 4 December 2019 at the iconic Royal Geographical Society in London. Guests will enjoy a lavishly illustrated and entertaining talk, as Alastair reveals hidden secrets and behind-the-scenes footage from the making of this visionary series.

The ticket price is £25 per person, or £20 for under 25s. Tickets cover the event cost and include a complimentary welcome drink sponsored by Exmoor’s Wicked Wolf Gin. Guests will also have opportunity to help WFN unlock matched funding through ‘The Big Give’ Christmas fundraising campaign to support the work of grassroots conservation leaders across the Global South.

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When: Wednesday 4th December 2019, Doors 6pm

Where: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Price: £25 per person, or £20 for under 25s. All tickets include a welcome drink.


Notes to Editors:

  • The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) is a UK-registered charity that offers funding, profile and training to grassroots conservation leaders across the Global South.
  • The Whitley Awards – often referred to by others as “Green Oscars” – are prestigious international prizes presented to outstanding grassroots conservation leaders following assessment by an expert panel. Each Award winner receives a prize worth £40,000 in project funding over one year. The charity’s Patron of twenty years, HRH The Princess Royal, presents the Awards annually at a special ceremony in London.  
  • The Whitley Gold Award is the charity’s top prize. Worth £60,000 it recognises a past Whitley Award winner who has gone on to make an outstanding contribution to conservation. The Gold winner also acts as a mentor to Whitley Award winners receiving their Awards in the same year. 
  • Sir David Attenborough has been a Trustee of the Whitley Fund for Nature since 2005, and narrates short films created for Whitley Award winners.
  • Since its founding in 1993, the Whitley Fund for Nature has given over £16 million to support the work of over 200 conservation leaders benefiting wildlife and communities in over 80 countries.
  • Whitley Fund for Nature and the Whitley Awards are not associated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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