The ABC has launched a new series of programs and resources to explore the urgent environmental challenges facing the planet and the ways in which all Australians can be part of the solution.
ABC Your Planet builds on the ABC’s coverage of climate and environmental issues by enabling audiences to counter challenges such as climate change and the increasing toll of extreme weather events, such as bushfires and floods, in their daily lives.
From now until November, ABC Your Planet will feature diverse programs and resources from across ABC television, radio and digital services, along with community initiatives and events, to inform, engage and empower all Australians to take part in this important national conversation.
New ABC series Fight For Planet A: Our Climate Challenge, which premieres on Tuesday 11 August at 8.30pm, hosted by War On Waste’s Craig Reucassel, will inform Australians about the ways in which they can reduce their carbon footprint through practical changes to their daily energy use, transport and diet. Ahead of this summer’s bushfire season, the ABC will also premiere Big Weather (and how to survive it) to help Australians prepare for and recover from increasingly common extreme weather events.
ABC Your Planet will also feature innovative new content and resources, such as ABC NEWS reports, education resources, ABC Radio features, interactive tools, explainers and children’s programming. Innovative new digital content will include the ABC Science Carbon Counter, which helps people reduce their CO2 emissions through practical lifestyle changes.
Audiences can also check out the collection of climate and environment stories on ABC iview, along with programs such as Australia’s Ocean Odyssey: A Journey Down The East Australian Current and Radio National’s Hot Mess series.
Michael Carrington, ABC Director Entertainment & Specialist, said the challenges facing our planet are comprehensive and profound. “Problems such as climate change and the increasing toll of natural disasters such as bushfires, drought and floods affect us all, no matter where we live or what we believe,” he said.
“ABC Your Planet will build on our trusted coverage of the environment and climate issues by giving audiences the information and tools they need to understand these challenges and to be a positive part of the solution.”
National surveys* consistently show most Australians say climate change is one of the most serious issues facing them and the planet. Support for climate action is substantial and growing, particularly in the aftermath of last summer’s bushfires.
This media release was submitted by abc.net.au.
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*In the ABC’s 2019 Australia Talks National Survey, 72% of people said climate change was the biggest issue facing them personally and 84% were in favour of at least some action.
*A January 2020 poll for the Australia Institute found 79% of Australians were concerned about climate change, up 5 points from a similar poll in July 2019.
*The University of Canberra’s Digital News Report: Australia 2020 found four out of five Australians (79%) consider climate change to be either somewhat, very or extremely serious.