Cinema for the Climate //


Team members:

-Teejay Bhalla, Film Programmer and visual artist
-Elza Kephart, Filmmaker and climate activist
-Dara Moats, Film Programmer


There are many ways we can act. Please see below: 

-Personal declaration of Climate and Ecological Emergency
-What filmmakers can do
-Resources for Filmmakers
-What we can do personally


Declaration of Climate and Ecological Emergency:


Cinema for the Climate urges all filmmakers, festivals, screening series, exhibitors, to include, before their screenings, their own personal declaration of Climate and Ecological Emergency. The declaration can also be turned into slides before screenings, as a statement in your film’s end credits, etc. You are free to use the declarations below, or write your own. We must make as many people as possible realise we cannot live in a “business as usual” frame of mind, but must now take the Climate and Ecological Emergency to the heart of our lives. Nothing less than humanity’s survival depends on it.

*La déclaration est disponible en français, contactez-moi pour que je vous l’envoie: elza@midnightkingdom.com
**See participating organisations below

Thanks to Denis Villeneuve for making a Climate Emergency Declaration at the Venice Film Festival! 

(SHORT VERSION)

We are in a climate and ecological emergency. Heat waves, wildfires, floods, species extinction. It is our task to change our way of interacting with the world; to move away from fossil fuels, exploitation and individualism, towards stewardship, sharing, and community. It is only by changing ourselves that we will become agents of change for the Transition.

We must meet the challenge of the Transition with the mindset that this is our greatest task as a society. For the Transition to work everyone can and must contribute. To find out what you can do, please visit: https://midnightkingdom.com/Cinema-for-the-Climate


Thank you.

(MEDIUM VERSION)

We are in a climate and ecological emergency. Heat waves, wildfires, floods, species going extinct by the minute. As much as it pains us, we need to come face to face with this terrible sadness, and feel this grief. But we can’t dwell on it. Once grief has washed over us, then we can truly get mad and take action. But how?

It is our task to change our way of seeing and interacting with the world; to move away from fossil fuels, exploitation and individualism, towards stewardship, sharing, and community. It is only by changing ourselves that we will become agents of change, away from the old destructive patterns and towards the great Transition.

With the Transition we are faced with a great work. We must meet this seemingly insurmountable challenge with the mindset that this is our greatest task as a society. For the Transition to work everyone can and must contribute. We all have a part to play in this great work. To find out what you can do, please visit:


https://midnightkingdom.com/Cinema-for-the-Climate

Thank you.

(LONG VERSION)

We are in a climate and ecological emergency. Heat waves, wildfires, floods, species going extinct by the minute. As much as it pains us, we need to come face to face with this terrible sadness, and feel this grief.  But we can’t dwell on it. Once grief has washed over us, then we can truly get mad and take action. But how?

Please remember that tonight, we have the privilege of being here together; I presenting this work, and you watching/listening to it. Many people around the world are suffering as we speak, especially people in the Global South who have contributed far less to the CEE, as compared to we, in the Global North with our high carbon footprint.

We can no longer stand by and hope someone else will fix this; we must become a part of the solution.

What can we do?

-Donate to Indigenous action groups; they are on the frontline of the fight!

-Vote for parties who have the CEE at the heart of their platform

-Run for office

-Join a climate action group or a Transition group

-Change banks to credit unions

-Fly less; try to fly only for essential reasons

-Center a plant-based diet

-Cut down or cut out your red meat and dairy consumption

-Do not buy SUVs or light trucks.

-If possible, make your next car electric.

-Talk to others about the CEE. We need to bring this and Climate Justice to the heart of our lives.

It is our task, I believe, to change our way of seeing and interacting with the world; to move away from fossil fuels, exploitation and individualism, towards stewardship, sharing, and community. It is only by changing ourselves that we will become agents of change, away from the old destructive patterns and towards the great Transition. We, especially those of us in the Global North, must reduce our emissions and our consumption drastically, quicker than nations in the Global South; this is part of what is called Climate Justice.

With the Transition we are faced with a great work. We must meet the seemingly insurmountable challenge of the Transition with the mindset that this is our greatest task as a society. For the Transition to work everyone can and must contribute. We all have a part to play in this great work.


To find out more about what you can do, please visit:

https://midnightkingdom.com/Cinema-for-the-Climate


Thank you.


What filmmakers can do:


The goal should be for us to be As Sustainable as Possible, As Soon As Possible. The Director’s Guild of Canada has created a comprehensive site for all crew members to start now: DGC GREEN .

Other resources:


- ALBERT (UK) : //wearealbert.org/

-BBC: Climate Creatives Festival

- CBC Greening our story. site-cbc.radio-canada.ca/documents/impact-and-accountability/environment/2021/ index.html

-Directors’ Guild of Canada Green Initiative: DGC GREEN

- Creative Industries Pact: https://creativeindustriespact.com/

- Green Production Guide (USA) https://www.greenproductionguide.com/

- Julie's Bicycle: https://juliesbicycle.com

- Netflix + Nature ://about.neflix.com/en/news/net-zero-nature-our-climate-commitment

- NRDC’s Rewrite the Future https://www.nrdc.org/ Rewrite The Future

- NRDC Sundance Workshop https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=wX9V0XZYYjY&feature=youtu.be

- Ontario Green Screen (Ontario, Canada) https://digitallibrary.ontariocreates.ca/DigitalLibrary/OGS/AboutUs.aspx

- Planet Placement: www.youtube.com/results?search_query=planet+placement+albert

- Reel Green (British Columbia Canada) https://www.creativebc.com/industry-sectors/motion-picture/reel-green/

- Rolling Green (Québec, Canada) http://www.qftc.ca/rolling_green_charter/

- Sustainable Production Forum 2020 https://www.sustainableproductionforum.com/spf-2020-recap


Individual actions:


-Support Indigenous groups any way you can; they are on the frontline of the fight!

-Vote for parties who have the CEE at the heart of their platform

-Run for office

-Join a climate action group or a Transition group

-Change banks to credit unions

-Fly less; try to fly only for essential reasons

-Center a plant-based diet

-Cut down or cut out your red meat and dairy consumption

-Do not buy SUVs or light trucks; they are massive Greenhouse Gas emitters.

-If possible, make your next car electric.

-Talk to others about the CEE. We need to bring this and Climate Justice to the heart of our lives.
 

**Participating in Cinema for the Climate:

-Celleuloid  http://www.celleuloid.com/