The Earth Day programming event follows National Geographic Magazine’s first-ever flip issue with an expansive look at the status of the Earth.
National Geographic and National Geographic Abu Dhabi have announced that the channels will broadcast emotionally evocative natural history programmes to commemorate Earth Day.
Beginning at 9 pm local time on April 22 on National Geographic Abu Dhabi, the two-hour documentary special Jane Goodall: The Hope takes viewers through chapters of Dr. Goodall’s journey, highlighting how she inspires future generations.
This special depicts the formation of the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI’s) “Tacare” community-centred conservation approach and Roots & Shoots youth-empowerment programme; her advocacy and leadership on behalf of chimpanzees and humanity; and the next chapter for generations to come.
Prior to this, National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore will go on a quest to photograph some of the rarest animals in the world in Photo Ark: Rarest Creatures, premiering at 8 pm on National Geographic Abu Dhabi.
Photo Ark: Rarest Creatures looks at factors driving extinction, including rising sea levels, deforestation, invasive species, pollution, and human development, which impact animals essential to the planet’s survival. Journey with Sartore across the globe as he seeks to save these creatures by getting people to “look these animals in the eye while we still have time to save them.”
National Geographic’s Earth Day event also features natural-history programming, including recent feature documentaries such as Jane and Before The Flood. Throughout the day, additional features will showcase the National Geographic Explorers and photographers working around the world to protect the Earth.
Commenting on the initiative, Courteney Monroe, President, National Geographic Global Television Networks, said: “The need to protect our planet has never been more urgent, and we’re using Earth Day 50th as an opportunity to inspire viewers through the wonders of our planet and its incredible species for viewers around the world. With the Earth Day takeover across all of our networks and platforms, we are able to reach the largest audience possible to celebrate this momentous day and ensure that viewers fall in love with our planet and act to protect it.”