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april 26, 2016 - conservation international

Joan Chen gives the "Sky" a voice in Conservation International's newest "Nature Is Speaking" film

 In the lead up to Earth Day, #conservationinternational (CI) debuts a new short #film "Sky," voiced by #joanchen, the newest addition to its award-winning short #film series "Nature Is Speaking." "Sky" debuts as country leaders from around the world come together to sign the Paris climate agreement negotiated this past December.

 "We are pushing the Earth's climate to its limits," Chen said. "Climate change is  drastically altering our planet, threatening not only the nature #people rely on, but also #people themselves."

Climate projections predict an increase in extreme events, changes in precipitation and seasons, more frequent and intense heat waves and droughts, melting glaciers, sea-level rise and ocean acidification. These changes threaten economies, global security, livelihoods and lives.

Consider:

  • 2016 is projected to the be the warmest year on record — in 2015 the average global temperature was 0.9°C above pre-industrial levels;
  • If emissions continue unabated, Antarctic ice melt could raise sea levels more than three feet by the end of the century;
  • Extreme storms, like the cyclone that recently hit Fiji, have become more frequent.

"As nations meet to sign the U.N. Paris agreement this week, it's clearer than ever that the time to take action on climate change is now — for the sake of the sky and for the sake of humankind," said Shyla Raghav, director of climate policy at CI.

"Sky" expresses the sentiments of our atmosphere as it takes in more and more carbon emissions. Pulling this planet-warming carbon out of the atmosphere and reducing emissions can help mitigate climate change. Recent data indicate that protecting forests can provide up to 30% of the carbon emissions reductions and storage to avert the worst effects of climate change. Furthermore, the largely unheralded potential of "blue carbon" — the carbon that is sequestered in coastal ecosystems such as mangroves — could provide even more. These solutions also provide many benefits to communities including protecting coastlines as well as food and freshwater supplies.

CI launched the "Nature Is Speaking" campaign in September 2014. The series includes films narrated by nature in the voices of the biggest names in Hollywood including Penélope Cruz, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Edward Norton, Lee Pace, Robert Redford, Julia Roberts, Ian Somerhalder, Kevin Spacey and Reese Witherspoon. The films have been viewed more than 49 million times across 40 countries in 10 languages, garnering more than 2.3 billion total impressions.