BBC Earth is proud to present a special collection of programmes that showcase the beauty of the world that we live in, but also highlight the fragile nature of its existence.
Our new Eco Season will take you on a journey of discovery and deeper understanding of the world we live in and how we can protect it.
This landmark season of programming is brought to you in association with One Tree Planted, a non-profit organisation that is supporting global reforestation. To celebrate this Eco Season, One Tree Planted are planting 100,000 trees across regions such as Europe, Asia, and South Africa.
To track the charity’s tree planting activities and find out more about the organisation, head to their website.
Amongst the new Eco Season titles is powerful documentary Extinction: The Facts starring Sir David Attenborough. Extinction: The Facts is a shocking but inspiring series; full of beautiful scenes from our natural world that we simply cannot afford to lose.
Another of BBC Earth’s Eco Season premieres, Feast to save the planet, fuses food with science to examine how our food choices effect our planet at a celebrity dinner party with a big difference. Food accounts for a third of greenhouse gas emissions, and Eco Feast reveals the exact carbon footprint of the dishes that five special guests select at this unusual TV dinner.
We’re also giving you another chance to watch Blue Planet Revisited and Climate Change: The Facts. These documentaries are as relevant now as ever, highlighting the massive impact that climate change is having upon our oceans, land and ecosystem.
Feeling inspired to take action? Check out a few of our eco-friendly tips on the topics below to learn how you can have a positive impact on our environment! Even small changes can make a difference and remember; it takes a planet to save a planet.
Premieres Sunday, 7th February at 10:15pm
Sir David Attenborough and a cast of world leading scientists bring us the facts behind the current extinction crisis. Extinction - The Facts will reveal what extinction is, what is happening now, why it is happening and what could happen in the future.
The film will show how interconnected everything is and use cause, effect and consequence to explain why extinction matters for the planet and everyone living on it - before revealing actions being taken to mitigate against biodiversity loss and what we can we do about it.
Premieres Sunday, 28th February at 9:00pm
Celebrity diners discover the carbon cost of their food in a unique experiment. Food is a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions. But the most harmful choices aren’t always the ones you expect.
Celebrities learn surprising food truths as every dish they choose moves them up and down a carbon footprint scoreboard. And as they make their choices, and the winner is chosen, a team of scientists and chefs offer valuable advice on reducing the impact of what we all eat.
Premieres Sunday, 14th February at 9:00pm
We're just two degrees away from a climate catastrophe. Can the human race be saved?
Using dramatic user-generated content and emotional first-hand testimony, this film delivers the facts about global warming simply and strikingly. Intimate stories get inside the lives of the people affected by climate change, and those fighting it. And world-leading experts reveal the developments that are redefining our horizons.
Premieres Sunday, 14th February at 10:15pm
By 2050 there could be 10 billion people living on the planet. For Chris Packham, who’s dedicated his life to protecting the natural world, that may simply be too many people for the Earth to sustain. Travelling around the world in search of answers to difficult and controversial questions, Chris investigates what he believes may be the most important challenge of our time.
Premieres Sunday, 21st February at 10:15pm
Can the tide be turned on this global catastrophe?
With millions of tonnes of plastic entering the sea every year, there is now global attention on the problem of marine plastic pollution. But do we really understand the impact of this new environmental crisis?
In this timely special, science and wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin sets out to reveal the full scale of the world’s plastic problem – from the planet’s 'plastic hot spots' to the animals struggling to cope with a daily deluge of plastic waste.
Premieres Sunday, 28th February at 10:15pm
Animal biologist and meat-eater Liz Bonnin embarks on one of the toughest investigations of her career. Taking her from cattle farms in the decimated Amazon rainforests to US research labs growing in-vitro meat, Liz discovers the stark and sometimes stomach-churning reality of the meat industry. Her aim is to discover if our insatiable appetite for meat is killing the planet.
Premieres Sunday, 7th March at 9:00pm
Blue Planet Revisited celebrates marine life from all corners of the globe and explores the particular challenges facing the eco systems and wildlife in two key locations – Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the Bahamas.
Drawing on some of the best footage from 2019's week-long Blue Planet Live, and with the help of marine experts, evidence is gathered to help form a real-time snapshot of the health of our oceans. With the rise in plastic pollution and boat traffic, alongside our continued harvesting of fish stocks, never has this been more important.
Premieres Sunday, 14th March at 9:00pm
The equator is home to a remarkable range of ecosystems and species. But world-leading cameraman Gordon Buchanan knows there’s another story to tell.
The region between the tropics is home to 40% of the world’s population. It’s rich in resources, and the perfect place to grow cash crops on a grand scale. As a result, this string of abundant habitats is blighted by poaching, deforestation and flooding. It’s where modern dilemmas come into sharp focus. And the best vantage point to monitor these changes? From above.
Premieres Sunday, 14th March at 10:15pm
A fresh look at our relationship with nature, our impact on it, how it works, and how we can begin to restore the balance for life on Earth. There is hope.
At this crucial turning point in our planet’s history, The Age of Nature brings together inspirational contributors, rare archive material and stunning imagery from around the world, to give us a deeper understanding of nature. Are we ready to reconsider our place within it?
Introducing more plant-based foods into our day-to-day lives will drastically reduce carbon emissions, as well as the amount of land we use to farm.
Switching off lights as you leave any room, taking shorter showers, composting food waste and recycling are all important. However, you can also reduce waste by being considerate when purchasing anything new, especially those items that can create lifelong waste (e.g. plastics) or that use large amounts of energy to create. You can also get creative to reduce your food waste! Check out some additional tips to avoid food waste here.
By reducing travel via traditional cars, and cutting down on long-haul flights, we can cut our individual carbon footprints by up to a massive three tonnes each according to a 2020 report. Walking, cycling and using public transport are always great alternatives for our planet. We all recognise that travel is often necessary, but being mindful of your own travel habits and reducing travel where possible can be truly impactful.
Fossil fuels are a limited resource and also responsible for much of the pollution affecting our planet. As the world shifts towards more renewable energy sources, why not look at renewable energy options available to you?
Be curious when shopping for any item by taking a look at its origins. Try to source items locally where possible, as this will help to reduce your own carbon footprint. Also consider taking a closer look at the ingredients of your food and the fabric of your clothes. Fabrics such as viscose are directly contributing to deforestation; find more information on harmful fashion materials such as viscose here.