VIDEO: Axminster woman launches film to tackle climate emergency

A new short film featuring children calling for immediate action to tackle the climate emergency has been launched on-line by a woman from Axminster.

The film, No One Too Small, showcases almost 100 youngsters taking turns to read the words of the Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg.

The film was created and produced by Beth Steele, from Axminster, with help from the National Lottery Community Fund.

The film had been due to premiere this month at Devon Wildlife Trust visitor centre, Seaton Jurassic, but has been postponed because of the coronavirus.

Beth said she hoped the film would be shared, raise awareness of the climate emergency, and prompt urgent action.

She said: “I wanted to organise a project for local parents, so together we could create something to share with our friends and families who may otherwise have never listened to Greta’s speech.

“I’m hoping that by sharing the film with our local politicians and leaders we can demonstrate that the public expect them to take urgent action.

“We all have to act now for the sake of our children and generations to come.”

The children featured in the movie were filmed individually at home, across Devon, Dorset and Somerset, before lockdown.

The speech the youngsters were recorded reading was originally made by Greta at a conference in Davos in 2019.

Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) said it had been keen to support the film and hoped it would prompt people to make lifestyle changes to protect the environment.

Richard Drysdale, DWT spokesman, said: “The protection and enhancement of our natural environment is key to Devon Wildlife Trust and this project and film was one that we were delighted to support and be involved in.

“Whilst it is a great shame that we weren’t able to showcase the film at Seaton Jurassic due to the current circumstances, we hope to do so later in the year and will continue to demand action in this declared climate emergency and encourage everyone to consider ways that they can change their lifestyle to support our natural world.”

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