Feb 26, 2021: Doing Something About It

Quite a while ago I was asked by a ten-year-old young man named Ryan if he could interview me for a movie he was making about climate change and what to do about it. Of course I said yes so he came to the Greeny Flat with his mum, Tina, and a well-prepared list of questions about passive solar design, energy efficiency, electric cars, etc. Tina shot the footage while Ryan asked the questions and I did my best to answer them. Then off they went.

Fast forward to yesterday, a year-and-a-half later, when I received a letter from Ryan and Tina thanking me for my contribution and including a free copy of the movie called ‘Now’. So Cintia and I sat down to watch it last night and, I have to say, we really enjoyed it. It includes a lot of useful information about practical steps that we can all take to reduce our carbon footprint and live more sustainably. As the brain-child of a ten-year-old it is very impressive. He does an excellent job of presenting and interviewing various people (including Craig Reucassel of ‘War on Waste’ fame) and providing useful information about practical steps we can all take, plus he makes it entertaining and fun to watch. The fact that he and Tina have been working on this for 18 months and have now seen it through to completion speaks volumes about their commitment and passion. As I wrote to Ryan back in November 2019…

‘Ryan, I’ll be very interested to see where life takes you. I really admire that fact that, at 10 years old, you are willing to put your time, effort and skills into doing something about the problems you see in the world. Good on you.’

Ryan has already sold enough copies of the film to cover expenses and is donating all profits to climate change relief efforts. He has even set up a website at nowisthemovie.weebly.com where you can read more about it, watch the official trailer (which I have added below) and purchase the movie in various forms if you’re interested. You can support a young fella who has made a huge effort to do something positive in the world, help him donate money to good causes and maybe pick up some tips for how to make your own little part of the world a better place.

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