Ecosystem Alert | earthrise

In this programme we meet some of the pioneers striving to protect two of our most valuable remaining ecosystems.

Until I made this episode, I wasn’t fully aware of the damage caused to primary forests by the fast fashion industry. But an extraordinary 150 million trees are pulped each year to create viscose and rayon. In Sweden, the non-profit company Canopy is spearheading a drive to make fashion forest-free.

And in northeast Turkey, ornithologist Cagan Sekercioglu is on a mission to protect wetlands which are vital resting points for rare migrating birds. This was a story I had come across while living in Turkey and it was fantastic to return there to tell it for earthrise.