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Kids narrate Planet Earth episode for Earth Day

April 22, 2024

To mark Earth Day (April 22nd), the celebrated BBC documentary series Planet Earth III has collaborated with BBC Children in Need to premiere a special episode, uniquely narrated by schoolchildren. The children, aged between nine and thirteen, read from Sir David Attenborough’s original scripts as they champion the power of youth voices to speak up for the planet.

The 50 student narrators were chosen from schools selected by BBC Children in Need as some of the most engaged fundraisers for the charity across the UK in recent years.

An estimated 100,000 students nationwide will tune into a virtual assembly hosted by wildlife biologist, explorer and presenter Lizzie Daly and will serve as a platform for a thought provoking Q&A with the producers of Planet Earth III. BBC Children in Need have also created classroom resource packs to complement the episode and assembly, full of activities, including the opportunity for students to narrate clips from Planet Earth III.

Following the success of the initial phase of the Voice for Nature initiative, which featured well-known voices such as Dua Lipa, Gary Lineker and Ian Wright, this latest instalment aims to once again spotlight the importance of speaking up for our planet.

Daly, commented: “I’m thrilled to be presenting the Become a Voice for Nature live schools assembly on Earth Day! I want to encourage schools across the UK to download a Become a Voice for Nature resource pack from the BBC Children in Need website and join us to hear more from the producers of Planet Earth III and learn more about the planet, how it impacts our lives and what we can do to protect it. I can’t wait, see you all there.”

The episode is available to watch on iPlayer now and will air on BBC One on May 6th.

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