Television presenter, and award-winning photographer, author and conservationist, Chris Packham, has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa from Royal Holloway University of London. The award, which was presented during the University’s summer graduation ceremonies, was given to Chris for his outstanding conservation work.
A leading naturalist and figure in wildlife conservation, Chris is recognised for his exceptional work in television and broadcast, including the documentary, Chris Packham: In search of The Lost Girl, highlighting the impact the use of palm oil is having on rainforests.
Chris’s book, Fingers in the Sparkle Jar, was voted the nations favourite nature book this year, in a poll by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
A true advocate of ecology, Chris recognises that a growing pressure for resources hinders our conservation progress and, so we must form powerful partnerships with industry and the commercial sector in order to establish extensive care of the environment.
Speaking of his award Chris said: “The ethos and atmosphere I have encountered at Royal Holloway in regards to research and education has been exciting, imaginative and important. I love learning, and every time I’ve visited, I’ve left more knowledgeable.”
Addressing the graduation ceremony, Chris reiterated the importance and value of knowledge rather than just information. He added that although the world faces many challenges he is confident that young people, such as those graduating from Royal Holloway, were equipped with the knowledge, energy, ambition and intelligence to help tackle these major ecological challenges.
Royal Holloway summer graduation ceremonies take place between 9-13 July 2018.