Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is an extraordinary 12 year old environmental campaigner from Boulder, Colorado in the USA. He and his family have set up an organisation, Earth Guardians, through which they have been campaigning against fracking and climate change. He came to Byron Bay for the Uplift Festival in December, so we spent a week filming him in action. And what a week….he is a gifted speaker, performer, and very inspiring youth leader. Watching him inspire the establishment of Earth Guardians Australia will make a great addition to the end of our film. You can see Xiuhtezcatl in action by clicking on the following link:
Why bark up this tree? Take a leaf from our book, save the forests and help 2 Degrees come to fruition…
Are you sick of all the beating around the bush when it comes to responding to the climate crisis? The lack of urgency shown by governments and the media is alarming. We’ve got to make climate change an election issue. Our film will help do this by mobilising the public to take action, both as consumers of energy and as voting citizens. With your help, we know we can make this film the definitive climate change film of 2013 and beyond.Top-down solutions from governments are not going to be forthcoming in the timeframe the science demands. The bottom-up alternative, change by me and you to reduce OUR emissions AND demand greater action from our government, is the only viable short-term solution.
Our journey to raise the budget echoes the story of the film. We managed to raise two thirds of the money needed from philanthropists and completed most of the filming. With the global financial crisis, funding dried up. We are hoping that your involvement in this bottom-up solution will enable us to edit and distribute the film.
So what’s the film about?
2 Degrees takes us on a tightrope walk of two epic struggles in the fight against climate change: deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels. The first front is the battle to save the world’s tropical forests, the lungs of the earth, without which we will lose the war.
We watch the struggle to make rainforest preservation a central part of the solution to climate change in the corridors of power and decision-making at the UN Climate Change negotiations: a make or break moment in history. We see the resolve of world leaders fail, negotiations implode….heartbreaking moments. These scenes are contrasted by glimpses of lives in rainforest communities in Ecuador, DR Congo, Papua New Guinea and Panama.
So if solutions won’t come from above, perhaps the voices and actions from below will bring the revolution that is needed…
We take to the streets of Port Augusta, a small Australian town, and follow a grass-roots campaign to influence the decisions of a government at the crossroads of it’s energy future. It’s here we meet the irrepressible Joy Baluch, Australia’s longest serving female mayor and a force to be reckoned with. She leads a community group pushing to replace the town’s aging coal fired power stations with wind power and a massive solar thermal array. The town votes overwhelmingly to support it but will they convince the government to come on board? We are on the cusp of a renewables revolution, and this outback town is determined to make it’s stamp on history and become the first major solar thermal site in the southern hemisphere.
Mayor Joy Baluch: feisty, fabulous, formidable.
Kevin Conrad: Climate Ambassador for Papua New Guinea–lobbying for forests and the forest people of his childhood.
George Monbiot: outspoken UK journalist
Clive Hamilton: Australian political commentator
Kevin Anderson: leading UK climate scientist
Ronnie Jumeau: Climate Ambassador from the Seychelles
Australian Youth Climate Coalition
2 Degrees highlights the need for urgent action, and in showcasing what is possible, paints a picture of climate heaven, not climate hell. It is an uplifting and empowering vision of what we as individuals can do.
Why join our Team?
You might have seen the film An Inconvenient Truth some years ago, a timely, influential documentary. Your involvement in our film can help us bring the next major climate change film to life. By utilising independent funding we have stepped aside from the confines of mainstream media. Our film is political, noisy and tells it like it is. Serious. Very serious.
Please donate now. You can even donate as a Christmas present for someone and we’ll email you a Two Degrees Christmas card that explains the importance of your gift. Go on, it’s as easy as falling off a log. You will instantly become a 2 Degrees Support Crew member, listed on our website, and immediately receive a free poster (as a PDF download) to inspire you in your own climate change response.
All donations of $250 or more within Australia are tax deductible. Simply donate via the Documentary Australia Foundation. Go to http://www.documentaryaustralia.com.au/films/details/976/two-degrees and click on the "Make a Grant" button.
NOTE: all amounts are in US$ as Indiegogo is based in the USA.
Award Winning Team
From the award-winning producer of The Burning Season and The Man who stole my Mother’s Face, and award-winning Director, Vanessa Gorman (Losing Layla), 2 Degrees is ready to be edited and distributed to a global audience. Your support will bring to the screen the story of the challenge that is shaping our age.
How your seeds will be planted….
Your money will enable us to complete filming and edit this compelling and urgent story. The more money we raise, the more effective our message will be. So please support this film.
Fees: Producers, Director, Editor, Transcriber, Consultant Directors, Cinematographer, Sound recordist: $145,000
Insurance, legals, audit: $13,000
Online, picture grade and sound mix: $19,500
The rewards will be sent out in early February when the campaign has finished.
How you can help.
Please believe in this film and donate now! (Consider getting your friends, work mates or sports team to donate together).
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We know this can work.
Crowd funding for films was pioneered by another climate change documentary released in 2009, called The Age of Stupid. They raised almost a million pounds and the film has screened in more than 70 countries around the world.
A timely quote below came in from TomDispatch.com, reprinted with permission:
Stop waiting for change, “big” or otherwise, to come from Washington. It won’t. Don’t misunderstand me: as the residents of the Midwestern drought zone and the Jersey shore now know all too well, change is coming, like it or not. If, however, you want this country to be something other than its instigator and its victim, if you want the U.S. to engage a world of danger (and also of opportunity), you'd better call yourself and your friends and neighbors to the colors. Don’t wait for a Washington focused on its own well-being in 2014 or 2016. Mobilize yourself. It’s time to occupy this country before it’s blown away in a storm.
Tom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project and author of The United States of Fear runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com.
See the light….or feel the heat!
Many, many thanks from the 2 Degrees team. Together, we can both finish this film and make an impact on climate change.
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