Actress Anna Friel has lent her voice to a new animated film, produced by renowned photographer Rankin, that tells a story of how climate change is impacting on our everyday lives – and how powerful we can be when we tackle it together. The film is being released as part of Show The Love, a Valentine’s Day campaign that brings together millions of people around the country for action on climate change.
The 60-second film, produced by The Climate Coalition with The Full Service and Jelly London, follows an animation narrated by Liam Gallagher showing a snowman succumbing to the effects of climate change. Now it’s time for chapter two – but don’t worry, there’s hope at the end of this cautionary tale.
The animation tells the tale of ‘Rosie Robin’ as storms and bad weather destroy her nest and puts her chicks in danger. All seems lost until the community of animals unites to build a better, safer home for the family. It’s a heart-warming message but there’s a sobering warning of what might happen if we don’t come together to show the love for our home.
Anna Friel, a WWF ambassador, said:
“Every year you can feel the seasons are changing with unexpected weather. This is what climate change looks like. The world is fragile and we all have to do our bit to create a cleaner, safer place to live.
“I’ve lent my voice to the Show The Love campaign as I think it’s a great way of getting us to think about things we love which could be lost to the next generation if we don’t act to protect them.”
The Show The Love campaign celebrates the things we love but could lose to climate change – from sports being rained-off to our favourite landscapes being damaged by increased flooding. The Climate Coalition, the group behind the campaign, is made up of more than 100 organisations representing over 15 million people, ranging from groups such as WWF, the RSPB, National Trust and the Women’s Institute, and aid agencies such as CAFOD and Christian Aid.
The film comes after a report published by the Coalition showed the impact that climate change is having on sport in the UK, with golf courses and skiing slopes at risk and football and cricket pitches facing increased flooding.
Neil Thorns, Chair of The Climate Coalition Chair, said: “As the film shows, climate change isn’t something that’s only happening elsewhere in the world or in the future.
“We’re already seeing the effects of climate change here at home with weather patterns changing and affecting the things we love. The message of the film is that we need to act to protect those things – for ourselves and for future generations.”
Rankin said: “Once again everyone did a fantastic job on this project. Each individual involved feels incredibly strongly about the cause and the film’s purpose. The Christmas project was a huge success, but I know we can go even further with this one.
“It’s got a serious warning, but it’s also got hope and Anna’s voice highlights this beautifully. It’s up to everyone to listen, show the love and share this message.”