As my journey continues bringing the character of Pongo to life I seem to hear the same message more and more each day, which literally makes my heart beat with joy. The most recent, and probably most powerful is Her Majesty The Queen creating the documentary ‘Green Planet’ alongside Sir David Attenborough.
The 90-minute program was made over two years and directed by acclaimed Director Jane Treays and aired in Great Britain on Monday 16th of April 2018. The unscripted piece shows The Queen walking through the gardens of Buckingham Palace accompanied by Sir David Attenborough chatting about the hundreds of trees that have been planted during her life, musing how it will look over the next 50 years, a time The Queen herself admits she will not be around to see.The bigger picture however, is the Queens Commonwealth Canopy, and initiative conceived by the Honorable Frank Field MP in 2015 at the heads of the Commonwealth meeting in Malta.
The notion for the QCC is that all 53 countries of the Commonwealth work together and pledge to conserve indigenous forests for future generations, in turn protecting the species that call these lush green forests home!“I have been especially touched by one such project, The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, which has been proposed by Commonwealth countries wanting to harness their collective expertise and resources to protect the world’s forests.”Her Majesty The Queen COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT MEETING, MALTA 2015.
Also supporting the initiative was mother, actress and UN ambassador Angelina Jolie who gave a rare interview for Green Planet whilst planting her own tree for the future “You sit up at night in a tent with your kids and they say, “Why does the Queen of England care about planting trees in Africa?’ She’s just this really lovely lady who really cares about the future, and she wants your grandkids and her grandkids to be able to be running around, enjoying nature. She thinks that really matters and I agree with her,” says Jolie.
So with much gratitude and belief I see the message getting louder and stronger and I know with certainty that Pongo has a place alongside this. His story will reach people and embed in their minds, bringing greater awareness to those that had never thought about it before.
Sue - www.hellopongo.com