Our Story (Climate Change- From Sea Birds to Polar Bears)The film follows the story of one man, one island and 40 years of dedication as he returns to the same Arctic outpost to study the area's wildlife.
As much of the Arctic is now ice free in the summer, what started out as a sea bird project has evolved. Cooper Island has now become a refuge for the Arctic's most charismatic inhabitant, the polar bear. As a consequence of this change, biologist Dr George Divoky's research has grown into a dramatic study of climate change in the polar regions. It is an indicator of the problems now facing the entire of the planet.
Much of the film is already shot and this campaign is being run to help fund the completion of the project through editing and the building of a website to host the film. It would be available free of charge and provide a great educational resource to anyone.
The Impact (Help spread the word)Climate change is perhaps the biggest challenge facing our planet. Not only does it impact wildlife, but as weather becomes more extreme and unpredictable, it has already begun to have dramatic consequences for people across the world as devastating floods, drought, storms and wildfires become more common. It poses huge challenges for food production, safety and political instability.
Although scientists from around the world have strong evidence that the process is well underway and that we need to change our living habits to save the planet, there are many people that still don't understand what is happening to the world's climate. As a consequence they have not joined the movement for change. This compelling story is a great vehicle to help spread the word to a wider audience and to make people care enough to want to make a difference.
The Help We NeedThe film's producers, biologist George Divoky, Friends of Cooper Island and others that have assisted by providing over $30,000 in production costs and enabled the team to already shoot most of the film. We need your help to complete the editing and delivery of the project.
We are hoping to raise a minimum of $8,000 to finish the film and present it on its own website. Our donors will recieve a range of perks from a DVD of the film to being able to spend time with the filmmaker (David Wright) in Maine to discuss the project and have a personalized day of tuition in documentary film making.
David is an award winning documentary filmmaker specializing in wildlife and environmental stories. He has particular interest in the Arctic and is responsible for producing the Emmy awards winning National Geographic film "Realm of the Great White Bear", following the first year of life of a polar bear. He first met George Divoky while shooting a story for the new BBC / Discovery series 'Frozen Planet'.
Other Ways You Can HelpPlease help to spread the word about this project, you will be assisting to us provide a free educational resource that is both a compelling story and a very effective way of educating the public about climate change.
David Wright is the film's producer & cameraman (http://www.planetearthpictures.com)