So when I started running Earth Hour Australia I wanted to do something different. Let’s make a documentary, I decided. Can’t be that hard…. HAHAHAHAHA.
It was hard.
But Channel Ten agreed to air it, the talented team at Woody (formerly Motion Picture Company) made it, YouTube superstar Natalie Tran co-starred with comedy band the Axis of Awesome… and in the end it was all worth it. Enjoy!
First published on Mamamia
I just got back with a team filming a documentary at the Great Barrier Reef and there really is only one word for what we saw: stunning.
From above, it looks like a blue desert speckled with green jewels. Under water, reef fish dart through bright coral canyons.
But no matter which way you look at it, our Great Barrier Reef is one of the most vulnerable places on Earth to the impacts of climate change. The breathtaking beauty of one of our most-loved national icons is not enough to save it.
Australia relies on the reef to support over 63,000 livelihoods, to sustain a fishing industry and to attract tourists.
Even if we’ve never been there, the fact that our country has stewardship over a reef that can be seen from space is part of our national identity. As Edward Abbey writes: “We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to go there… we need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope.”
Aaron (front right) last week, with Simon and some of the best online organisers in the world.
Two years ago, in June 2011, I reached out to my friend Ben Margetts to find out who I should connect with in Boston when I was there for my Churchill fellowship studying social movements. He introduced me to his friend Aaron Swartz and we arranged to meet for a coffee at Cafe Pamplona in Harvard Square.
I still remember the afternoon as vividly as yesterday. It was a hot – really hot – summer’s day. And windy. Tornados were ripping through nearby towns in Massachusetts and New England. My hair was completely messed up from the wind when I finally found the café, after getting lost and asking a bunch of people for directions.
When I got to the café on the corner I saw a shaggy-haired guy on a laptop. He looked up and smiled at me, and I knew it must be Aaron. He had a really sweet smile; so gentle, so cheeky. Continue reading