Short Film Honored with Webby Winner and People’s Voice Winner
Arlington, Va. (May 19, 2020) – “Nature Now”, a short film that has served as a call to action to protect, restore and fund Natural Climate Solutions, received two Webby awards, Webby Winner and People’s Voice Winner, in the Public Service and Activism category at the 2020 Webby Awards today. The short film was made by Tom Mustill and narrated by climate activist Greta Thunberg, and columnist and author George Monbiot. The film has already received accolades at the New York WILD Film Festival for Best Sustainable Film and as a World Wildlife Day Film Showcase Winner.
The film’s production costs were covered with sponsorship from Conservation International, The Food and Land Use Coalition, and a donation from Gower Street. Musician and performance artist Rone donated use of his track, Motion, to the film.
Recent research has indicated that living ecosystems like forests, mangroves, swamps and seabeds can pull enormous quantities of carbon from the air and store them safely. Estimates have found that protecting these natural systems could provide more than a third of the emissions reductions needed to keep to global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius while also enhancing the resilience of people and nature across the world to climate change.
Despite this promise, Natural Climate Solutions receive only around 2% of the funding spent on climate change mitigation globally, and few have heard about it. This short, independent film was made to make nature a part of the climate conservation.
“Right now, we are ignoring Natural Climate Solutions. We spend 1000 times more on global fossil fuel subsidies than on natural based solutions. This is your money, it is your taxes, and your savings,” says Ms. Thunberg, the leader of the Global Youth Climate Strike movement, in the film.
Mr. Monbiot, who founded the Natural Climate Solutions campaign earlier this year, stated, “The beautiful thing about Natural Climate Solutions is that they simultaneously repair the climate and our damaged ecosystems. They offer real hope where hope was scarce before. But they are not a substitute for leaving fossil fuels in the ground. We need to do both to avert climate breakdown.”
Gripping Films Ltd., an independent London-based science and nature film company that specializes in telling positive stories to change the world, produced the film and ensured it had a High Impact/Low Carbon footprint. The film team minimized their carbon footprint by using public transportation to travel from London to Sweden to film Ms. Thunberg and electric vehicles to film Mr. Monbiot. The film was mainly composed from recycled and donated Creative-Commons licensed footage. The remaining carbon footprint was offset through Natural Climate Solutions investments.
About Conservation International
Conservation International works to protect the critical benefits that nature provides to people. Through science, partnerships and fieldwork, Conservation International is driving innovation and investments in nature-based solutions to the climate crisis, supporting protections for critical habitats, and fostering economic development that is grounded in the conservation of nature. We work in 30 countries around the world, empowering societies at all levels to create a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet. Follow Conservation International’s work on Conservation News, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About Food and Land Use Coalition
Established in 2017, the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) is a community of organisations and individuals committed to the urgent need to transform the way we produce and consume food and use our land for people, nature and climate. FOLU supports science-based solutions and help build a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities to unlock collective, ambitious action. FOLU builds on the work of the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land and Energy (FABLE) Consortium which operates in more than 20 countries and helps develop the data and modelling infrastructure needed to map out long-term, actionable pathways towards sustainable food and land use systems.
About Gripping Films
Gripping Films is a science and nature film company run by director Tom Mustill. It specializes in producing innovative, positive and entertaining stories to change the world. Gripping Films has won over 20 international awards for their films for PBS, the BBC, Nat Geo and other broadcasters, and have been nominated for an Emmy. Their films have been screened to the European Parliament and at the United Nations. Follow Gripping Films work on Instagram .
About Natural Climate Solutions campaign
In April 2019 a group of activist and scientists, led by George Monbiot, launched the Natural Climate Solutions campaign to catalyse enthusiasm for the role nature can play in preventing climate breakdown and ecological collapse. The campaign is supported by a range of leading environmental organisations like Conservation International and the United Nations Environment programme, and signatories include activist Greta Thunberg, writer Margaret Atwood, marine biologist Asha de Vos and actress and UN Ambassador Dia Mirza. More information about the campaign can be found at naturalclimate.solutions.
Nature4Climate (N4C) is an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and five world-leading not-for-profits (Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, Woods Hole Research Center, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute) that aims to increase investment and action on natural climate solutions in support of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. The N4C partners work together to catalyse partnerships between governments, civil society, business and investors to cut and remove greenhouse gas emissions across the land sector. To learn more, please visit www.nature4climate.org or follow @nature4climate on Twitter.