That was one of the conclusions of an RTS Futures session, 'Can TV Save The Planet?', that discussed how it not only people like David Attenborough and Chris Packham that can alert audiences to the impact of climate change and other environmental challenges.
Here are our top TV picks that will give you a new appreciation for the planet.
Down To Earth with Zac Efron
There was a moment when I realised that everything had changed. I’d sent a team to the Arctic to attempt to paddle the world’s largest fjord system two months earlier than would have been possible at the start of my career – because all the ice had melted.
Over 30 years, I’ve had a front-row seat as our rapidly changing climate pushes the natural world to the brink of collapse.
From the opening moments of Seven Worlds, One Planet we know that we’re in safe hands. Orchestral strings soar as a deserted, sundappled beach comes into view. Sir David Attenborough strides out across the sand, a big, warm coat the only concession to his 93 years.
With his unique authority, he introduces a montage of images drawn from seven continents to give us hints of the emotion-stirring, jaw-dropping stories to come. It is immediately clear that, once again, both Sir David and the BBC’s Natural History Unit have excelled themselves.
Is social media the environmentalist movement’s secret weapon? Could it put us all on the path to a pollution-free, sustainable future in which biodiversity thrives and climate change is pegged back?