All of us contribute to climate change. All of us have a chance to help reduce its impact.
Many people working in the film industry take environmental issues seriously in their private lives and want to do the same when they’re at work. Organisation’s such as Global Action Plan www.globalactionplan.org.uk offer short training courses for people who want to change the way their office or company works by acting as environmental champions. If you’re not sure what to do first or how to get started, visit www.envirowise.gov.uk where you can get free, independent advice and support.
With their high public profile and huge popularity, film companies and film professionals can take a lead in being champions of good environmental practice. Two companies that have done that are Warner Brothers – www.wbenvironmental.com and Fox Film, part of News International – www.newscorp.com/energy/carbon.html.
With its close links with film industries around the world, especially in the United States and India, the UK film industry can help establish and raise international environmental standards.
Films like Age of Stupid, End of the Line and Inconvenient Truth, demonstrate how powerful film can be in changing people’s understanding and attitudes. Organisations such as the Environmental Media Association “mobilise the entertainment industry to educate people about environmental issues and inspire them to act” – www.ema-online.org.