As part of the institute’s centenary celebrations, the staff of Chatham House have awarded its Centenary Lifetime Award to Sir David Attenborough, recognizing his tireless commitment to conservation and raising public and political awareness of the growing climate crisis.
Sir David has pioneered the way in which we experience and understand life on this planet. He and his team have brought the wonders of the natural world to us through ground-breaking documentaries and most recently, his work has sounded the alarm on humanity’s devastating impact on the environment.
At this special hybrid event Sir David Attenborough is presented with the award in front of an audience of staff, members, and supporters both online and in person for a celebration of his work and achievements.
To celebrate Sir David’s career, a panel of experts from the Environment and Society Programme reflect on the ways in which conservation, international resource governance and climate diplomacy have changed over the course of his lifetime.
This moment coincides with a monumental year for environmental action, with world leaders meeting in a unique convergence of international summits to make critical decisions on nature and climate. How can the world meet the severe threat posed by global warming and biodiversity loss? And what will determine whether we are successful in protecting the environment for future generations?
Melina Abdullah, co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement and co-director of Black Lives Matter Grassroots, will be presented with the Chatham House Centenary Diversity Champion Award on behalf of the movement at another event and Greta Thunberg will separately accept the Chatham House Centenary Changemakers Award in recognition of her vanguard role in mobilizing young people to take up climate activism.