As part of a special two-part video series, Extinction Rebellion has relaunched a short animated film entitled Climate Crisis, and Why We Should Panic. Written, directed and animated by Miritte Ben Yitzchak and voiced by British actress Keira Knightley, the clip is urging governments to enter crisis mode and tackle the planet’s increasing issues with climate change.
In the two-minute animated video, the Love Actually star explains the devastating effects human behaviour is having on the globe, including the causes of climate change and how it is set to affect millions of people: “These are remarkable times we’re living through, a crucial moment in the history of our planet, yet we seem to charge ahead towards a catastrophic future rather than seizing the opportunity to pause and change our ways,” she states.
The two-time Academy Award nominee goes on to point out the damage growing populations are causing to the planet: “Human activity currently generates some excess of carbon emissions, which are released into the atmosphere, causing higher temperatures, which melt ice sheets and glaciers contributing to rising see levels and floods.” These carbon emissions are also the reason why the world is already one degree celsius warmer than it was 120 years ago.
Climate Crisis, and Why We Should Panic is the second in a series of videos for Extinction Rebellion aimed at raising awareness of the catastrophe facing the human race. Keira follows fellow British actress Naomie Harris in partnering with the campaign.
On her participation in the project, Keira comments, “I want to speak out in support of Extinction Rebellion. Lending my voice to the most urgent issue of our time feels like the right way for me to take a stand, in the hope that we can leave a world worth living in for our children.” She adds, “Climate change and the ecological crisis are two sides of the same problem. This animation explains the climate change aspect in a no-nonsense way - though the message is horrifying to hear.”
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