Climate Change Action Documentary
Here's a short clip to help raise funds for the initiative from its director, Alexander Cornell du Houx:
The Solon Center for Research and Publishing has agreed to publish books based upon this documentary project which highlights conflicts around the globe that are a direct result of climate change and how community solutions, already available, could help defuse these problems. These videos, and a full-length film will be the basis of the books we will publish.
The Solon Center for Reserach and Publishing is a proud fiscal sponser of the over all project: Code Blue - EOPA.
If you’d like to donate for the creation of the videos please do so through the Solon Center HERE.
More about the project's director Alexander Cornell du Houx:
My deployment to Fallujah, Iraq, with the Marine Corps infantry, gave me a firsthand insight into why it’s critical to find solutions to the water insecurity connected to climate change.
While on patrol just outside the city, a roadside bomb hit my HUMVEE. Fortunately for us, most of the blast missed our vehicle. When we caught our assailant we learned that he was a farmer with little or no explosives experience. Because of climate change, his crops had failed. Vulnerable, in need of funds for survival, he was turned into a terrorist paid to attack Americans. For me, the connection between climate change and water insecurity became crystal clear.
Soon thereafter, I started to put the pieces together on how climate change and water insecurity are inseparable. - Alex Cornell du Houx.
Our mission is to film short videos and a documentary on the impact of climate change on water security, and how clean energy and sustainable agriculture, as it relates to climate change can help combat the situation, educate community leaders, lawmakers and the public.
We aim to inspire community action, the media and lawmakers to combat climate change and promote water security.
These short videos, paired with trainings and policy initiatives, will foster climate solutions across the U.S. and world.
Water is our major focus. Most people are unaware that 40 out of 50 U.S. states expect water shortages in 10 years, according to the Government Accountability Office. At the same time foreign corporations are currently buying up U.S. water rights. Internationally, the United Nations has identified 37 conflicts in the last 50 years caused by trans-boundary water rights. Additionally, U.S. intelligence agencies recently reported that water is a major source of instability and potential conflict. According to Picture Motion, a film advocacy organization, the last project to highlight this issue was in a documentary 10 years ago for about 20 minutes.
The first phase of our video project will be to visit 18 states to film the dangers and solutions of climate and water security as highlighted by lawmakers and their communities.
As a former state lawmaker, I have the network to start filming immediately.
Every short video will help raise awareness of local climate issues, and will also be used to help promote the full-length documentary that will be filmed after the completion of the short videos.
We have a guaranteed audience, as each lawmaker will want to showcase themselves and their community. A California state senator, for example, has close to a million constituents.
Organizing through storytelling—
Working with communities by telling their stories is key. During each state visit, we will also conduct value-based communications training, provide a print story with photos, press release, and social media meme to promote the videos and documentary.
The next stage is to select footage from the vedios from each state to be used in our full-length documentary.
To finish the film we’ll travel to areas that need their issues highlighted. As the world heats up with climate change, the increasing lack of fresh water is causing conflicts around the globe. But there is hope — real solutions are already making a difference. Through a character driven style, we will chronicle the dangers and solutions to water security and climate change from the Middle East, to Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas.
Adrian Grenier from HBO’s Entourage, Anna Day, an award winning Journalist and DKC News in NYC, who produces Ken Bern’s films, are already committed to the project once the necessary funds are raised.
More about them and their team:
Anna Therese Day - is an award-winning journalist, a Fulbright Fellow, a UN Press Fellow, and was named one of Google Zeitgeist’s top 30 Great Young Minds of Our Time. The Shorty Awards for Social Media recognized her as one of the Top 10 journalists of the Year. She was selected as one of Mic.com’s Millennial Leaders and contributes to The New York Times, Women in the World, BBC, Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, and AJ+. Day became a global brand ambassador for Skype’s “The Things We Can Do” English-language campaign. Anna is a Partner with the Truman National Security Project and is currently reporting on how wildfires become more dangerous with climate change. In the Pacific, she has documented the life of climate refugees.
Steve Holleran is a Los Angeles based cinematographer. His most recent feature, The Land, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and had a theatrical release this summer. He has over a dozen short film credits, two of which were selected in the top ten of NBC Shortcuts and Project Greenlight. His commercial work includes brands like Google, Nike, and Chevy. He has an MFA in cinematography from USC, where he was awarded the Charles Lang cinematography scholarship.
Please visit steveholleran.com for his work.
Dominic Frongillo - founded Elected Officials to Protect New York, a bipartisan initiative uniting and coordinating over 850 local elected officials to fight high-volume hydro-fracking and to achieve New York’s renewable energy goal of 50 percent by 2050.
Former Councilor and Deputy Town Supervisor of Caroline, New York, he is also a five-time delegate to the United Nations climate negotiations and conducts trainings for the Young Elected Officials Network and Front Line Leaders Academy.
Alex Cornell du Houx was elected to the Maine State Legislature and served on the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee and the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee. He won the REED award for the best national Public Affairs Campaign for his work founding Operation Free, a coalition of veterans combating climate change. Alex participated and led State Department delegations to Southeast Asia to foster government-to-government relations. He is a Huffington Post blogger, a Kentucky Colonel, a senior advisor to the Veterans Campaign, a member of the Global Advisory Council for the American Veterans Committee, Partner with the Truman National Security Project, and founded the Maine New Leaders Council. His value-based communications trainings are requested worldwide. He served in the Marine Corps infantry for seven years, is currently a Public Affairs Officer with the Navy Reserve, and consults for businesses, nonprofits, elected officials, and candidates through his company, Dirigo Consulting. He is also a board member of the nonprofit Solon Center for Research and Publishing and the Global Women Foundation.
CURRENT PARTNERS OF Code Blue- Elected Officials to Protect America
● Networks like State Innovation Exchange, Local Progress, Climate Mayors, and Young Elected Officials that convene progressive state and local elected officials.
● Implementation partners like ICLEI, Mayors Innovation Project, National League of Cities that provide direct policy implementation support for local and state action.
● Advocacy partners like 350.org, Truman National Security Project, NextGen America, Food & Water Watch, Advanced Energy Economy, Climate Hawks, Water 2017, Lonely Whale Foundation, EarthJustice, Divest-Invest Network, and Oil Change International that work with officials in their local contexts or provide communications support.
Code Blue - EOPA started their work funded by a State Department grant and a Rodenberry Foundation grant.