Climate Countdown maps out what people are actually doing to tackle climate change. we break this complex issue into bite-sized bits, keeping it accessible and easy to understand. catch up by following us to cop21 in 2015 and then join us as we explore what strategies we need to keep climate action moving forward now that the u.s. has decided to leave the paris agreement.
SEASON 1 IS ONLINE NOW.
In 2015, with COP21 in our sights, the Climate Countdown team went on a journey of discovery. Setting out from a place of little knowledge, we launched a quest for climate solutions: to find and map out what policy makers, activists, scientists, and citizens were working on to make 2015 a game-changing year for the climate crisis. We worked to understand this complex issue by breaking it down into bite-sized bits with the help of post-it notes and conversational language, keeping every episode accessible and fun. Filmed across seven countries, we talked to citizens and experts in New York, DC, Boston, Baltimore, Bonn, Beijing, Bristol, Milan, Marrakech, and Paris. Sixteen episodes, a handful of awards, a cohort of new climate friends, and a historic Paris Agreement later, we are prepared to launch our next season.
SEASON 2 IS CURRENTLY IN PRE-PRODUCTION.
After being in Paris to witness the signing of a landmark global climate agreement, it seemed like the momentum for climate action was unstoppable – and then the US had an election. Now the Trump Administration has announced that the US is pulling out of the Paris Agreement and the very concept of climate action seems at risk across America. But there are climate heroes everywhere and we want to tell their stories. Season 2 will ask: since the U.S. government is leaving the Paris Agreement, what strategies will move climate action forward before it's too late?
In Season 1, we were counting down to COP21 and signing of the Paris Agreement. Now, in 2017, we are in a different kind of countdown. From the global climate negotiations at COP22 in Marrakech to 200,000 people marching in the street for the People's Climate March in Washington DC to citizen lobbyists building relationships with Republicans on Capitol Hill to activists calling for carbon pricing during "Teach Trump" protests at Trump Tower in New York City, Climate Countdown will continue to bring you stories of climate solutions. But when the stakes are this high and the challenges this great, we need to be more strategic about our solutions than ever. Each episode will tell a story of how people are taking it to the courts, taking it to the streets, taking it to the cities, taking on partisanship, taking it to the people - to keep building the momentum for climate action.
Our episodes have been used as teaching tools in colleges across the US and screened at the World Bank, COP22 in Marrakech, Columbia University, University of Maryland, Yale University, University of Bristol in the UK, Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara Film Festival in Mexico, and Le Cinema Colise in Morocco. We have a solid network of followers on social media, with over 1,300 likes on our Facebook page and some of our videos reaching over 12,000 views.
At the end of 2016, our episode on Carbon Pricing won the Put a Price on Carbon Pollution Award for Best Short Film from the World Bank as part of the global Film4Climate competition. Climate Countdown was then awarded Best Web-Series at Lake View International Film Festival in India and has subsequently been chosen by ROMA Cinema Doc Festival in Italy, Baja Webfest in Mexico, and Ekotopfilm | Envirofilm Festival in Slovakia.