On Monday the 11th of November, starting at 5’oclock in the morning around 400 people made up of all Wan Smolbag (WSB) staff and their friends arrived at the Seafront to take part in the biggest scene WSB has ever filmed. 

The film is a story about climate change. A group of students are learning about earth science, Betty is more interested in the DJ she has just met and Rodney is fascinated by the subject but equally fascinated by Betty. 

The story takes us through a class on what climate change is and what is happening to our world today. The class is alarmed by what they have learned and decide to stage a protest thorough the town and hundreds of people join them.   The film is jointly funded by DFATs ‘Australian Pacific Climate Partnership’ and WSB’s core funders, AusAID, NZAID and Oxfam.

The film is especially relevant now as on Tuesday last week 11,000 scientists signed a declaration announcing that if nothing is done about the current climate emergency the world will face untold suffering in the future. 

In the statement published in the journal of BioScience the scientists say; “We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.  To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live. [This] entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems. The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity”.

 

[1]World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency, William J Ripple, 

BioScience, biz088, https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biz088, 05 November 2019

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