Icon Films Declares a Climate Emergency

Icon Films Declares a Climate Emergency

9th December 2019

Icon Films, producers of River Monsters and Savage Kingdom, has declared a climate emergency.

One of the first Bristol production companies to do so, Icon Films is stepping up and taking responsibility for the impact their activities have on the health of our planet.

Joining local organisations such as Bristol University and We The Curious in their declarations, the company have pledged to reduce their carbon footprint and offset unavoidable carbon emissions produced by travel.

The initiative, led by Director of Production Andie Clare, will work with organisations throughout Bristol to support rewilding impact projects and advocate for faster change in the factual progamming industry. This will include offsetting carbon emissions with Mossy Earth, an organisation committed to rewilding and native tree planting, continuing our strong relationship with albert, BAFTA’s initiative to monitor and encourage sustainable production practices, and joining with Bristol Green Partnership and the Sustainable Food Cities Network.

Bristol is a hub of natural history television production, employing over 15,000 people who are passionate about the planet and motivated to act. Icon Films is providing power and resources to enable action and encourage sustainability throughout the city.

Jeremy Wade, host of Icon Films’ River Monsters, said: It’s time to put a spotlight on the fact that making wildlife programmes involves lots of flying, of people and kit. Yes, we can argue that we work to influence policy through education. But at the same time this industry, more than any other, should do everything it can to minimise the cost to the environment of its everyday activities.

Laura Marshall, Icon Films’ CEO and co-founder, said: In declaring a climate emergency Icon Films is publicly committing to scrutinising the way we work, acknowledging the cost to the planet of our activities and making impactful change.

Andie Clare, Icon Films’ Head of Production and leader of the office-based Green Team, said: Icon Films is providing power and resources to its teams to take responsibility and act

Roser Canela-Mas from albert, BAFTA’s sustainability initiative, said: Icon Films have been key in championing sustainability for the wildlife community in Bristol. They were the first indie production company to join the albert affiliation membership and have inspired others to follow them. For the last 3 years Icon Films have responded to every challenge albert has thrown their way, both as a business and production by production so it comes as no surprise that they’re now one of the first creative organisations in Bristol to declare a climate emergency. We’re looking forward to supporting them as they continue to find ways to calculate and reduce their impact on the environment.

Declaring a Climate Emergency from Icon Films on Vimeo.

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