Climate Change: The Facts will take an urgent look at the science of climate change.
The documentary will also look at the potential solutions to this global threat, combining footage that reveals the already devastating impact of climate change on our planet with interviews from some of the world’s leading climate scientists.
The scientists will forensically unpack the science behind the extreme weather conditions of recent years, which have seen unprecedented storms and catastrophic wildfires; as well as detailing how the accelerating rate at which the world’s ice is melting is causing sea level rises, and how deforestation is exacerbating the problem of global warming by adding to CO2 in the atmosphere.
“In the 20 years since I first started talking about the impact of climate change on our world, conditions have changed far faster than I ever imagined. It may sound frightening but the scientific evidence is that if we have not taken dramatic action within the next decade we could face irreversible damage to the natural world and the collapse of our societies. We’re running out of time but there’s still hope… I believe that if we better understand the threat we face, the more likely it is that we can avoid such a catastrophic future.” – Sir David Attenborough speaking in the film
After one of the hottest years on record, climatologists and meteorologists explain the effects of climate change on both the human population and the natural world. The film features contributions from scientists including Dr James Hansen, Dr Michael Mann and Professor Catherine Mitchell and will explore in an unflinching manner what dangerous levels of climate change could mean for human populations, and the consequences of global warming exceeding 1.5 degrees and of major reductions in CO2 emissions not being made.
“There is a real hunger from audiences to find out more about climate change and understand the facts. So it feels right to address the issue in peak on BBC One. We have a trusted guide in Sir David Attenborough, who will be speaking to the challenging issues that it raises, and presenting an engaging and informative look at one of the biggest issues of our time.” – Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content
As well as highlighting the problem the documentary will, on a more positive note, look at potential solutions, exploring the innovations, technology and actions the world’s governments and industries are taking to prevent further warming and showcasing individuals who are creating change at grassroots levels.
“This is an urgent, important and timely film which lays out in detail the impact that climate change is having on our planet. This documentary continues our commitment to telling the most significant environmental stories and reflecting the speed at which our world is changing.” – Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual
Climate Change: The Facts will air in a one hour slot on BBC One. The film sits under the beeb’s Our Planet Matters banner for which other productions are planned including ones on the use of plastics with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani; over-population with Chris Packham; meat production with Liz Bonnin; and Gordon Buchanan will be giving the planet a health check from the air.