Dubai, UAE, 22 May 2018. The premiere of a new documentary Wild Edens: Russia, the first in a new series that highlights the issue of climate change, took place in Sochi, Russia, Rosatom announced in a Press communiqué. Focusing on the flora and fauna in the one-of-a-kind natural habitats of Russia, the programme highlights the unique and delicate habitat of the Altai Mountains, the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Arctic, the communiqué said. The communiqué further said that the programme is sponsored by Rosatom and will be broadcast by National Geographic, starting this summer.
Australian environmentalist Ben Heard, Founder and Executive Director, Bright New World, spoke about the perils of global warming at the premiere. He said there is both hope and room for positive change: Heard said, “Thanks to rising concentrations of greenhouse gases, nothing remains untouched by our civilisation. Our rapidly changing climate is no longer any kind of hypothetical. But we can decide to make a planet that is better and brighter than we have ever let ourselves dream.”
Alexey Likhachev, Director General, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, said: “This is why we are supporting the creation of the Wild Edens project. We want to draw the public’s attention to the global warming crisis and showcase the detrimental impact that mounting CO2 emissions generated by carbon energy sources are having on our planet.”
Ellen Windemuth, Executive Producer, Off The Fence productions, said: “Russia is such a vast and elusive land that we relished the opportunity as film makers to capture the unique footage of this incredible region. This documentary helps viewers to discover Russian’s rich natural wealth and catalogue it before this fragile paradise is negatively and possibly irrevocably impacted by climate change.”