The world is beginning to tackle the threat of plastic waste, according to the renowned broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. "I think we're all shifting our behaviour, I really do," Sir David said in an interview with the BBC.
Describing plastic pollution as "vile" and "horrid", he said there was growing awareness of the damage it can do. "I think we are changing our habits, and the world is waking up to what we've done to the planet," he said.
Sir David was speaking as he and the BBC's Natural History Unit (NHU) were announced as the winners of the prestigious Chatham House Prize for their Blue Planet II series of documentaries. Chatham House, a foreign affairs think-tank based in London, awards the prize to people or organisations making a significant contribution to improving international relations.
Its director, Dr Robin Niblett, described plastic pollution as "one of the gravest challenges facing the world's oceans". He said Sir David and the BBC Studios Natural History Unit played "an instrumental role in helping to put this issue at the forefront of the public agenda".