Conservation International Launches Nature Is Speaking Season 2 and #INeedNature Campaign to Impact UN
Today, Conservation International Hong Kong releases a new film with traditional Chinese subtitles in season 2 of its award-winning Nature Is Speaking series. Ice voiced by Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson, highlights the plight of one of Earth’s most important—and threatened—natural features in the face of climate change.
“Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing humanity today. Ice is trying to send us a message. Giving ice a voice was an opportunity I had to seize—before it melts away,” said Neeson.
Conservation International launched the Nature Is Speaking campaign in September 2014. The series includes films narrated by nature in the voices of the biggest names in Hollywood including Penélope Cruz, Harrison Ford, Edward Norton, Robert Redford, Julia Roberts, Ian Somerhalder, Kevin Spacey and Lupita Nyong’o. The Ocean, voiced by Harrison Ford, earned a coveted Cannes Gold Lion award in 2014. The films have been viewed more than 40 million times across 33 countries, garnering more than 2 billion total impressions. In Hong Kong, the films were subtitled or voiced by Cantonese-speaking celebrities — bringing the message directly to Hong Kong with English versions of the films tailored to include Chinese subtitles. #HKIsListening to the free-flowing voice of Zhou Xun in her personification of Water as well as the delicate tones of Tang Wei’s Flower. Each of the films carry the universal message that Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.
The debut of Ice coincides with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations begin in Paris. The negotiations, which run from November 30 through December 11, are a crucial opportunity for nations to mobilise global action to fight the threat of climate change. Nature itself is a powerful force for combating climate change, with tropical forests and other carbon-rich ecosystems offering 30% or more of the solution needed to limit warming to safe levels. And yet in 2013, based on figures from Climate Policy Initiative, less than 3% of funding for climate solutions went to leveraging nature’s potential to combat climate change.
Conservation International, in collaboration with the UNFCCC secretariat’s Momentum for Change initiative, will bring the Nature Is Speaking film series to the Paris talks in order to highlight the important role of nature in addressing climate change. Conservation International, in turn, the cause invites Hong Kongers to demand the attention of world leaders by taking and posting a selfie, saying “#INeedNature because….”
These selfies will be combined in the form of a visual petition that will be broadcast during the Momentum for Change awards on Tuesday, December 9, as CI announces another new film in the “Nature Is Speaking” series.
Rising temperatures due to climate change are accelerating the melting of ice in Greenland, Antarctica, the Arctic Ocean, and on glaciers around the world. This melting causes sea-level rise that endangers lives, livelihoods and global security.
ž One out of every 10 people lives at or below 10 meters above sea level. As sea level rises, these people are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of flooding and storm surge.
ž If seas rise by half a meter by 2070, a conservative prediction, US$ 35 trillion worth of property will be at risk from coastal flooding—jeopardising about 9 percent of global GDP.
ž For every one-degree Celsius increase in temperature, we can expect sea levels to rise more than two meters, causing shorelines to shift inland, threatening homes, businesses and vital infrastructure in coastal areas.
ž As sea ice melts, a feedback loop forms. Whereas floating ice reflects sunlight, as it disappears, the darker surface of the sea absorbs the sun’s energy, warming the water more quickly and thereby melting more ice.