Richard Brock worked in the BBC Natural History Unit for 35 years producing, among others, the highly successful Life on Earth and Living Planet series with David Attenborough.
I first met Richard back in the late eighties when we worked together on a film in the Bahamas about Lemon Sharks. Although I didn’t realise fully at the time, I was frustrated at the lack of attention given to conservation in general programming at the BBC and other broadcasters. Richard was way ahead of me and concerned by the lack of willingness to address the real current state of the environment, he left the BBC and started his own independent production company Living Planet Productions.
“My series “Wildlife Winners and Losers” looks carefully with well-documented evidence at these changes – past, present and particularly the future. Using previously unseen footage from the recent past we bring the story right up to date and try to look forward as to the winners and the losers we might expect – and why. As far as I know, no one has done this so deliberately around the world with so many species and places. And you can help too… With films across over eighty subjects, we find many examples of winners, or, at least those trying not to be losers!”
On his website Richard says:
“It’s a call to action! A unique opportunity to help the planet! We’ve been celebrating nature by bringing its wonders to the TV screen all over the world. Now that world is changing, faster and faster, and nature needs help. Films can do that, at a local level, be it with decision makers in the government or in the village. These films are yours to view and, please pass on.”
There are 80+ environmental films to look at on the Brock Initiative YouTube channel. Many of these look at the marine environment and its wildlife, and we at Scubaverse are delighted to share these films over the coming weeks.
The first film is ‘Turkey’s Treasures – BADEM – The Amazing Monk Seal’.
With a local guide Zafer, Richard reveals rare monk seals, fishing conservation and local life.
For more information on Richard Brock and the Brock Initiative, please visit: www.brockinitiative.org/use-these-films-to-help-save-the-planet.