Starting in 2018, it was announced that the Canadian Screen Award for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series was to be given annually in Rob Stewart's name, along with a gift of $25,000.
Rob's first film, Sharkwater, brought the devastating issue of shark finning for shark fin soup to the world stage. It changed laws and public policy throughout the world and created hundreds of shark conservation groups and is even credited with saving the lives of millions of sharks. His second film, Revolution, was the first feature film to alert the world to the catastrophic effects of Ocean Acidification from carbon emissions. His third film, Sharkwater Extinction, addresses not just shark finning, but the use of shark products in cosmetics, food products, pet foods, livestock and fertilizer. All three films won numerous awards around the world.
This year at the Canadian Screen Awards, the annual Rob Stewart Award for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series went to Elliott Halpern and Elizabeth Trojian for their documentary A Day in the Life of Earth.
The one-hour CBC The Nature of Things special follows scientists around the globe as they examine just how much the Earth changes in a single day. From volcanoes erupting to the movement of the sand in the Sahara Desert, to our planet hurtling through space, the world dramatically changes within the short 24-hour time span. ~Brie Davis