The Chatham House prize is awarded to people and organizations focused on significant contributions to international relationships. Attenborough and the BBC Studios Natural History Unit were the recipients.
The Queen told Attenborough as part of her speech, “Your ability to communicate the beauty and vulnerability of our natural environment remains unequalled as you – and your team – have engaged and enthused many people, young and old, to appreciate and preserve our world’s oceans. For that we should all be thankful.”
In accepting the award, Attenborough commented to the BBC about the documentary and people’s awareness of pollution, “I think we’re all shifting our behaviour, I really do. People in all parts of society are aware of what’s happening. It’s vile, it’s horrid and it’s something we are clearly seeing inflicted on the natural world and having a dreadful effect and there’s something [we] can do about it. So in a way it’s a bit of a litmus test to see if the population care about it — and people do.I think we are changing our habits, and the world is waking up to what we’ve done to the planet.”
Watch the Chatham House Prize Presentation and Speeches
Awareness and a focus on reducing plastic has grown steadily in the UK. The Queen commented on the environment in her 2019 speech to Parliament, a first for her. The government has focused on reducing plastic and British companies like UK Budweiser and Tesco have taken steps to remove plastic in their operations.
Read more about how companies like Facebook, Tupperware, Google, Dove, Budweiser, Carlsberg, and FIJI Water are working towards reducing plastic pollution. Places around the world like Tel Aviv, California, Baltimore, Scotland and many more are banning various single-use plastics and others that are coming up with creative ways to recycle and use plastic waste.
There are products you may be using or habits you may have that contribute to plastic pollution. Learn more about how the use of Teabags, Cotton Swabs, Laundry, Contact Lenses, Glitter and Sheet Masks pollute our oceans so you can make more informed decisions going forward. There are also numerous simple actions and switches that can help cut plastic out of our lives including, making your own cosmetics, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, household cleaners, using mason jars, reusable bags/bottles/straws, and avoiding microbeads!
To learn more about the impact of plastic waste, please read the articles below:
- Marine Animals that are Dying because of our Plastic Habit
- Where Plastic Really Goes When You Throw it Out
- 5 Documentaries to make you Rethink Single-Use Plastics
- 6 Million Tons of Single-Use Plastics Get Thrown Out Every Year!
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