Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present - 2014 National Climate Assessment
Many Americans are still confused about climate change. We now know that people who profit from our current reliance on fossil fuels have actively sown this confusion. These disinformation campaigns must be met head-on, with powerful stories about the stark scientific reality of climate change and its impacts. With your help, we can counter that spin with climate change stories that touch the heart -- and the mind.
We are asking your support to produce more of these powerful stories about Americans on the Front Lines of Climate Change, and then use these open source videos yourselves in your conversations, presentations, and websites. The videos put human faces to a vitally important scientific finding of the National Climate Assessment, which was released in May: climate change is affecting Americans now, and the amount of future change is directly related to choices we make -- or don't make -- today.
The truth is, Americans can lead the way in creating and implementing solutions to this global problem. That action step starts with learning the facts, because, as one scientist told me, "Climate change is not a belief system."
I contributed to my first climate change story more than 20 years ago for Newsweek. But it wasn’t until my recent job as an editor of the 2014 National Climate Assessment (NCA) that the full force of what humans are doing to this planet hit me.
After reading the entire report (many times), I was floored by just how profound the global climate change crisis has become, and dedicated myself to telling this urgent story. The need to raise awareness has never been greater, and the opportunities to change course have never been more attainable.
The report concludes definitively that climate change is happening, that human activities are primarily responsible for observed global warming and its impacts -- and that there is a lot we can do about it. These videos serve to personalize the report's findings, and keep them in the public's eyes, hearts, and minds, well after the news of the NCA's release fades.
What does climate change mean for you and where you live?
We have already produced four Americans on the Front Lines videos, with support from several foundations. We continue to seek their support, but feel that it is just as important to engage and get support from our fellow citizens. With this campaign we hope to gather allies and supporters from all 50 states and around the world, to help us end the false debate about climate change science and begin moving forward with solutions.
Your support will allow us to send our crews to the field to film two more Americans on the Front Lines, on our way to producing at least one from every region and economic sector covered in the NCA.
We are distributing these videos free of charge to media outlets, non-profit organizations, and other education and outreach groups. They have been featured on websites and channels such as The Weather Channel, Grist.org, and many others.
These new videos, once produced, will also be made available, free of charge, to schools, organizations, news groups, websites, television stations -- and you, our supporters. But we can't continue making them without your support. Please help us end the debate about climate change science, raise awareness on its immediate impacts in the United States, and move us towards a future of meaningful solutions.
The Story Group -- Daniel Glick and Ted Wood
Budget & Timeline
If you help us reach our initial fundraising goal of $24,000, we will have the budget to complete two new 'Americans on the Front Lines of Climate Change' videos. We'll use the funds to travel to the stories, produce powerful videos, and distribute them free of charge to anyone who wants to use them.
The vast majority of our Kickstarter funds (75%) will be used directly for production and post production costs on the two new Americans on the Front Lines of Climate Change videos.
We plan to head into the field to film these next two segments in August and September, and have them ready to post by November, 2014.
Your support will help us tell the stories of everyday Americans struggling with the impact of climate change. Thank you.
So, What Do You Get Out of This?
Well, first of all you get some pretty awesome prizes (detailed below and in the column to the right).
Importantly, whether or not you donate to this campaign, these videos will be available to you and any organization you are affiliated with, to post on websites and use in public talks and presentations.
For donations of between $10 and $100, we've got some great eARTh products to offer, including two different types of stickers and a thought-provoking t-shirt:
For $500, we offer a personalized signed copy of Daniel Glick's book, "Monkey Dancing: A Father, Two Kids, and a Journey to the Ends of the Earth," which won a Colorado Book Award and was called "the best travel book of the decade (so far)" by Amazon in 2005.
For $1,000 and $5,000, we are offering a choice of of one of two signed (11X14) photographic prints (below) from The Story Group's Ted Wood.
Along with these unique rewards, your support gives you the satisfaction of becoming an integral part of the global movement for climate change awareness and action. It's time to stop talking about climate change as if it were a hypothetical or futuristic concern; it's here, NOW.
Risks and challenges
In a world that is careening well over the speed limit, it is always difficult to capture people's time and attention. Besides the inevitable challenges of field production -- from bad weather to bad light -- finding ways to disseminate these videos widely will be a challenge. Once these videos are produced, we will strive in every way to expand their reach through existing contacts in both traditional and new media outlets, as well as through existing organizations -- and including our Kickstarter supporters.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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