The members of the institute have awarded this year’s Chatham House Prize to Sir David Attenborough and BBC Studios Natural History Unit for the sustained impact of the TV series Blue Planet II in galvanizing public engagement on the problem of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.
Sir David Attenborough and Julian Hector, on behalf of BBC Studios Natural History Unit, collected the prize presented by Her Majesty The Queen during a special members event at Chatham House, following a panel session on the making of the series and its unique impact in driving governmental and intergovernmental action on the critical issue of marine protection.
The Blue Planet II series highlighted the damage caused by discarded plastics to the world’s oceans and marine wildlife. It is estimated that there are more than 150 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans; resulting in the deaths of 1 million birds and 100,000 sea mammals each year.
About the Chatham House Prize
The Chatham House Prize is voted for by Chatham House members, following nominations from the institute’s staff. The award is presented on behalf of the institute’s patron, Her Majesty the Queen, representing the non-partisan and authoritative character of the Prize.
The Chatham House Prize was launched in 2005. Previous recipients of the Prize include the Committee to Protect Journalists, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, president of Ghana John Kufuor, Médecins Sans Frontières and Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
HM The Queen
Sir David Attenborough, Presenter, Blue Planet II
Mark Brownlow, Series Producer, Blue Planet II
Dr Julian Hector, Head, BBC Studios Natural History Unit
Moderator: Karen Sack, President and CEO, Ocean Unite
Host: Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director, Chatham House