Press Release: Youth Climate Report 6 at COP21 in Paris

YOUTH CLIMATE REPORT PRESENTS LINEAR AND MULTILINEAR DOCUMENTARY FILM PROJECTS OF NEW CLIMATE RESEARCH AT COP21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

TORONTO (November 16, 2015) – The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is pleased to announce that it will be presenting the sixth edition of Youth Climate Report (YCR) film series at COP21 in Paris, November 30 to December 11, 2015.

The film series that presents new climate research through youth reporters worldwide first premiered at COP17 in Durban, South Africa. Subsequent editions of YCR have been presented at all COP conferences since. The project is a partnership between the UNFCCC, UNEP and Canada’s Neko Harbour Entertainment, Inc.

In addition to the 45-minute, linear documentary film, a new multilinear documentary film project will be introduced showcasing a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) map that will present climate research videos from around the world. The map was created by filmmaker Mark Terry using a new application developed by Google called Fusion. The map displays pinpoints of exact locations where new climate research is being conducted. When the pin is selected it opens a video, as well as links and profiles of the people conducting climate research in that area.

Currently, the GIS map can be seen on the following UN websites:

UNFCCC — GIS Map

UNEP — GIS Map

This year’s film projects will present such climate researchers as Sally Aitken, director, Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics at the University of British Columbia; Mark Fisher, President and CEO of the Council of the Great Lakes Region; Ron Tremblay, climate researcher and Councillor for Tobique First Nation and member of Wolustuk Grand Council; Eleanor B Jones, Caribbean climatologist, Environmental Solutions Limited; and glaciologist Andy M. Smith of the British Antarctic Survey with an update on the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica.

“With only weeks to go before an historic UN Climate Change Conference opens in Paris, there is great need to highlight both the latest climate research and youth involvement on this critical issue,” said Nick Nuttall, UNFCCC Spokesperson. “The UNFCCC is pleased to again partner with UNEP and Neko Harbour to showcase what is happening now so that the research of today can inform policy tomorrow. The fact that youth – those who are among least responsible for climate change and most affected by it – are presenting this research makes it even more compelling. And the new map makes it easier than ever to explore the data. I encourage all leaders and global citizens to take a look.”

The documentary feature film and GIS map were produced specifically for delegates attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris this year. This sixth edition of YCR was produced by Mark Terry and directed by Canadian filmmaker Ray Kocur. Executive Producer John Kelly is the Founder of Youth Climate Report.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Nick Nuttall, Coordinator, Communications and Outreach, UNFCCC
Email: nnuttall@unfccc.int | Tel: +49 228 815 1400 | Mobile: +49 152 0168 4831

Mark Terry, President, Neko Harbour Entertainment
Email: markterry@bell.net | Tel: +01 416-899-5855

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