Our goal is to provide speakers to groups who want to learn more about the climate crisis we are in and how they can engage to forward solutions to our situation.
1. By sponsoring outside speakers, arranging logistics, and publicizing events, as we did with Gene Fry.
2. Using our members who are trained, skilled and willing speakers to speak to local groups. Jim D’Aloisio is a trained leader of the Climate Reality Project and has spoken widely to professional
engineering groups. Peter Wirth is a leader in the Climate solutions arena and has spoken to a wide range of audiences. Peter Michel and Carina Paton are Toastmasters with experience in public speaking.
3. One of our speakers could have an impact by accompanying one of our films and conducting follow up discussions – suggesting areas of action people might like to engage in. As an example, folks following the viewing of Chasing Ice, engaged in a letter writing campaign and formed a new Citizens’ Climate Lobby group. We will work with the media committee to publicize the opportunity available and to seek groups to speak to. A procedure will be developed to facilitate a smooth event.
Want to learn why climate change is an issue affecting all of us? We are looking for individuals who want to help in publicizing the films on climate change available for showings in the community and help organize those showings. CCAA has four films on DVDs available for viewing. We encourage you to view them with your family, friends and share them with groups you are involved with. Together we can make a difference!
A Sea Change
One hour 23 minutes
A Sea Change premiered to a standing-room only audience at the Smithsonian Museum, and a standing ovation. The film screened at festivals in North America, Europe, and Latin America, garnering multiple awards and aired on national and international television.
A Sea Change is the story of retired teacher Sven Huseby, whose love for his five-year-old grandson Elias and the world he will inherit compelled Sven, after reading an article in The New Yorker, “The Darkening Sea” to travel thousands of miles interviewing scientists on ocean acidification - the little known flip side of global warming.
Oceans have absorbed hundreds of billions of tons of carbon dioxide (more than a quarter of all CO2 produced since the start of the Industrial Revolution) causing a 30% increase in acidification threatening all forms of sea life with a calcium based exoskeleton - coral reefs, shell fish and tiny animals at the bottom of the food chain - pteropods. The burning of fossil fuels is fundamentally reshaping ocean chemistry.
The photography is stunning; the interviews with scientists sobering; Sven’s relationship with his grandson Elias is delightful and moving and the ending hopeful - focusing on solutions being implemented today. This is a film you want to see if you care about the world you will leave for the next generation.
One hour 15 minutes
The film follows nature photographer James Balog, National Geographic photographer as he documents melting glaciers in Alaska, Iceland, Greenland and Montana. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Called the Extreme Ice Survey, Balog sets up still cameras that have been programmed to take a picture, once every hour, for three years, of the same glacier, from a fixed spot.
The scale of the glaciers, and the almost hallucinogenic clarity of the images, make the resulting footage, based on three years' shooting, most impressive. One piece of ice we see breaking off is said to be the size of lower Manhattan.
The visuals are riveting, and they drive home the point that the film makes in voice over narration by Balog, interviews with glaciologists and climate scientists and occasional charts and graphs: Ice is melting at an alarmingly unglacial pace.
Chasing Ice has won 23 awards at film festivals around the world, including: The Environmental Media Association’s 22nd Annual BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD.
“This is the climate change film we’ve been waiting for.” Caroline Libresco, Sundance Senior Programmer
“One of the Most Beautiful Films of the Year.” Huffington Post
Before the Flood
One hour 36 minutes
Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand.
He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award®-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet.
Beyond the steps we can take as individuals, the film urges viewers to push their elected officials in supporting the use of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power. “We need everyone to demand bold action from their political leaders and to elect representatives who have their best interests at heart, not the interests of corporations to perpetuate a cycle of greed and destruction,” says DiCaprio.
“This documentary shows how interconnected the fate of all humanity is — but also the power we all possess as individuals to build a better future for our planet.”
The Hampton Roads area of Virginia is relatively unknown nationwide, but it is the region whose vulnerability to sea level rise most affects military readiness and our overall national security. With 14 military installations spread across 17 local jurisdictions, it is our highest concentration of military assets in the country, where 1 in 6 residents are associated with our nation's defense. Their homes, schools, hospitals, and families are increasingly struggling to keep up with the effects of rising waters, and the military and all the surrounding municipalities are working towards solutions in the name of strengthening national security and enhancing economic prosperity.
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Hampton Roads requires $1 billion in urgent infrastructure repairs with 900 miles of its roads and electric grid threatened by permanent flooding. Faced with these unprecedented challenges that can only be tackled by a wide range of stakeholders, from ordinary citizens to the U.S. Navy to local businesses, Tidewater demonstrates that an innovative whole-of-government problem-solving model being attempted by local and military leaders is the only way to ensure the continued strength of our national security, along with the continued prosperity of the region and the nation.
If Hampton Roads succeeds, it will mean success on several levels. They'll save their homes, schools, businesses, the bases, and that's no mean feat. But they'll also create a powerful template for success, a model other regions can use to prepare for and deal with disaster – and more: a model that can demonstrate how people, businesses and government can pull together to solve any complex problem. The story strikes a positive tone, highlighting the outsized capabilities of Hampton Roads to show the nation and the world how it can be done. Lots of hard choices and sacrifices will have to be made in order for the plan to succeed, but if they get it right, human communities everywhere will have a roadmap.
Towns and cities across America face serious environmental threats like sea level rise, extreme weather, resource scarcity, and electrical grid vulnerability.
We don’t just make award-winning documentary films about these issues, more importantly we team with top advocacy groups to change the policies that affect us all.
American Resilience Project is dedicated solely to telling the stories of America’s greatest environmental and national security challenges. But instead of focusing on the negative aspects of these challenges, we inspire action and investment around solutions that build a model for resilient American communities.
We start with an understanding of the attainable policy or cultural changes we seek, and then produce films that highlight the political, economic, and social opportunities that come with making resilience an urgent national priority