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New Films for Facing Climate Change

Posted 20 February 2013 by in Announcements, Facing Climate Change, Multimedia

We are very excited to announce the launch of four new films for Facing Climate Change! Oyster Farmers, Coastal Tribes, Potato Farmers and Plateau Tribes all explore global climate change through people who live and work in the Pacific Northwest.

Play Oyster Farmers

Play Coastal Tribes

These stories came about after one of our project partners, the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, released the Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment. It’s an incredible resource with startling projections for how climate change will impact our region’s future, but it’s also 400 pages and a lot of science to wade through. Our goal is to put a face to projections like these and to bring new voices into the conversation.

Our new films recently premiered at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and over the next year we will be working to distribute the stories though our project partners and a series of community events – including a launch event in Seattle. In 2013 we will also add two more films. Stay tuned to our blog for details.

Play Potato Farmers

Play Plateau Tribes

We are very lucky to have help from many collaborators on this project. Our partners include the Climate Impacts Group, the Washington State Department of Ecology, Cascadia Consulting Group and Sightline Institute. We’d particularly like to thank our advisors: Lara Whitely Binder, Janice Adair, Spencer Reeder and Eric de Place. Jen Marlow from Three Degrees wrote the science synopsis for each film. And the amazing music is by Zoe Keating.

Major funding has been provided by Nau’s Grant for Change, The Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. LightHawk provided aerial support and Blue Earth is our fiscal sponsor. We also received invaluable support from friends and family members. And perhaps most important of all, we’d like to recognize the communities and individuals that are featured in these films.

Thank you! We are filled with gratitude for all you do.

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