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Saturday, 4 July

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet - A New Game Changer Premieres

David Attenborough
Royal Albert Hall Exterior
Interior of Royal Albert Hall
Internal pipework in Royal Albert Hall

Sir David Attenborough's Blue Planet 2 changed the world - now a new film by the famed natural historian will launch on April 16...will it go even further?

'David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet will be first shown in an exclusive World Premiere at the Royal Albert Hall. Altitude Films and the WWF will host Sir David presenting his new film on one of the world’s most iconic stages.

Tickets for the event may still be available - see the link below. However, all corporate hospitality packages have now sold out.




Reaction to Blue Planet

Blue Planet 2 made people, corporate businesses, politicians all over the globe took notice of the damage we are doing to the oceans with our plastic. It became a rallying call to school children and their parents to abandon their lessons and take to the street to demonstrate. It galvanised professionals who would normally not have associated themselves with groups such as Extinction Rebellion to march on the Parliaments of countries all over the world - and say 'no more'.


A Life on Our Planet

When it is sent out on general release, David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet, is likely to add to and expand the consciousness of those who see it - more protest will follow. The film sees Sir David reflect upon both the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has seen. Addressing the biggest challenges facing life on our planet, the film offers a powerful message of hope for future generations.

This feature documentary, made by Silverback Films and the WWF, tells this poignantly powerful story through the man who has seen more of the natural world than any other.


At this event, you will have the exclusive opportunity to join filmmakers at the screening. This will then be followed by a discussion on stage with Sir David Attenborough and a very special guest. Together they will explore one of the most prevalent issues of our time. For details - Click Here



How has the Albert Hall become more sustainable?

A spokesperson for the Hall said: "Through staff engagement, partnerships and collaborations with other institutions, we are committed to reducing our environmental impact."

Below are just some of the ways in which the 150-year-old building is being made as sustainable as possible:

  • Where possible, lighting is being replaced with LEDs – this includes the lights in the famous 'mushrooms'.

  • The main chillers have been replaced with more energy efficient units.

  • PIR sensors have been added to most WC taps to reduce water consumption.

  • New long-lasting and energy efficient air filters are being piloted with the aim of reducing power consumption.

  • In the Rausing Circle corridor, visitors can see the piping from an energy-efficient heating system which replaced old steam heating.

Partners & Suppliers

  • The Hall has become a member of the Arts Basket, a group of cultural organisations that jointly procure renewable energy from biomass.

  • A coffee partner, Café Direct, invest 50% of their profits into their foundation, which supports farmers to improve sustainability and their livelihoods.

  • Caterers Rhubarb have been tasked to ensure there are more vegetarian and vegan options on all restaurant and box hospitality menus.

  • Bottled water supplier, Harrogate Water, operates one of the most environmentally-efficient facilities in the world, sending zero waste to landfill since 2010.

  • Senator, the Hall's office furniture supplier, was chosen because of their recycling service. To date the Hall has recycled over 1.2 tonnes of furniture with them.

Working life

A staff Sustainability Group meets quarterly to co-ordinate environmental initiatives. They have influenced numerous changes to the working culture including:

  • A 65% decrease in the number of desk printers.

  • Redesign of regularly-printed internal documents to minimise the ink and paper use.

  • Staff can no longer receive discount in the Café Bar on drinks served in disposable cups.

  • Disposable containers no longer available at the staff canteen.

  • Split recycling bins introduced in the offices.

  • Introduction of Meat Free Mondays in the staff canteen

Visitor changes

  • A paperless e-ticket option is to be introduced across most of events very presently.

  • The number of leaflet racks around the building has been halved.

  • Plastic straws have been removed from all bars.

  • Show programmes, printed on 100% recycled paper in a 100% waterless process in a factory powered by 100% renewable energy are being trialed at some events.

Pictures: David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet will have its premiere on April 16 at the Royal Albert Hall - which itself has undergone a series of sustainability upgrades including to its famous mushroom (picture 3) and  its heating system (picture 4) which replaced the old steam heating.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer


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