Last year, Conservation International started a campaign called Nature Is Speaking, to give voice to our natural world. The video campaign uses a star-studded cast of award-winning actors, with Harrison Ford as the Ocean, Robert Redford as the Redwoods, Julia Roberts as Mother Nature, and Kevin Spacey as the Rainforest. These videos offer simple but powerful messages with one bottom line: nature doesn’t need people, but people need nature.
The latest video in the series features Liam Neeson as the dramatic voice of ice, with a dire message about climate change and how melting ice is having devastating effects on humans. While melting ice contributes to sea level rise, frozen ice helps deflect sunlight. So, as ice disappears, the darker surface of the sea absorbs the sun’s energy, further warming the ocean, and creating a feedback loop.
This isn’t Liam Neeson’s first time lending his voice to environmental causes. The actor was also a part of HBO’s Saving My Tomorrow, a documentary about kids working to help the environment.
According to Conservation International, the film was intentionally released just a few weeks before the international climate change meeting in Paris, and the organization will be showing the films during the talks. There are currently nine videos in the series, and at least one more will be released next month.
The film’s launch also coincides with the launch of Conservation International’s new social media campaign:
Conservation International, in turn, invites the public to demand the attention of world leaders by taking and posting a selfie, saying “#INeedNature because….” CI will aggregate these selfies 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.’
Watch on YouTube: Conservation International Series, Nature Is Speaking.