Discovery Channel Canada director on Island to honour BEA awardees
The power of an uplifting message to inspire people to look after the environment was a key ingredient that led to a mini-series of Bermuda-made documentaries airing on Discovery Channel Canada.
Visiting the Island for the first time the boss of the Toronto-based TV channel, Paul Lewis, paid tribute to the way the Bermuda Environmental Alliance (BEA) presented shows about Bermudas rainwater catching roofs, caves, cahows and biofuel research.
He said the shows had engaged Discovery Channel Canadas audience in an entertaining way.
Its an attitude. An outlook on life. An emotional outburst. A celebration of all that is beautiful and fun and inspiring about the planet, he said at a fundraising gala at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel.
Mr Lewis explained Discovery Channel had learned that programmes about environmental challenges that preached doom and gloom or lectured viewers often resulted in people turning off or watching something else. However, shows that allowed audiences to experience for themselves the planets beauty and wonders motivated them to want to preserve and protect the environment.
He said that is what led to the BEAs miniseries being accepted from hundreds of submissions made to the TV channel. The shows aired last year as part of the Daily Planet programme.
Among guests at the Caribbean-themed gala were Governor Sir Richard and Lady Gozney, Tourism Minister Patrice Minors and former professional footballer Shaun Goater.
BEA founding executive director Sangita Iyer will be signing copies of the Bermuda Natures Jewel DVD at Shine Haywards House of Music and Entertainment, at 91 Reid Street, tomorrow at 5.30pm.
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