A Southern Highlands youth has turned his concern about climate change into a message of action that can be adopted by everyone.
11-year-old Ryan has spent 18 months creating his own movie "NOW" Climate Change Emergency, What we CAN all DO About it.
His aim is to engage people of all ages in a proactive approach to climate change.
His foray into movie production with a special message was prompted when he was just 10 years old after watching '2040' and ABC's BTN.
His hope through his film is to help everyday people 'from 10-years-old to 110-years-old' know more of the things they can do to reduce climate change now, grouped into five main sections of action.
Ryan's message is delivered in a one-hour movie involving interviews with people from all walks of life and levels of experience including a chat with Craig Reucassel from the ABC's War on Waste; Big Weather.
The film initiative began with Ryan speaking to his parents about doing an interview with the Cairns Environment Centre on ways people could tell our government to protect the reef.
Then on another holiday, in Victoria, he interviewed a 93-year-old man about his electric car, and why at his age he thought it was important to buy one.
Many experts were interviewed in Sydney, including representatives at the 'Bower' Re-use and Repair centre, and director of energy finance studies IEEFA Tim Buckley.
Tim is a clean energy and equities expert and in the 'Energy section' of the movie, stated that "Australia can be powered with pumped hydro storage, and batteries, providing the backup fuel supply for when wind and solar are not being generated."
Tim told Ryan that if all political parties put their focus on renewables "..it is inevitable, and it is only a question on time.." that we could have all our energy made from renewables.
Closer to home In the Southern Highlands Ryan interviewed Andy Lemann the winner of the Green Globe Award for his 'Greeny flat', about why small homes, with a light coloured roof, that use passive solar design, were important.
He also interviewed Jill Cockram from Moss Vale Community Garden about how growing vegetables near our door, could reduce food miles and capture carbon.
The highlight of his filming project was the chance to interview Craig Reucassel who was "pretty impressed" that Ryan was making the "NOW" movie.
Craig said that personally "like a lot of people I thought I couldn't do much, but ...luckily we have the solutions, we just have to use them now...and everyone can do their part...and maybe the government can show some leadership."
The 'NOW' movie will be realeased on November 15 with a special screening at 3pm at Bundanoon Hall.
Also being released, is the new Bundanoon on Tap re-usable bottle. Free tickets are available at: www.trybooking.com/BMJIG
MC for the event Huw Kingston, who was the driving force behind Bundy on Tap emailed Ryan saying: "Brilliant job! Nice mix of info and a bit of comedy too in what is a serious subject. Well done!"
For more information on the movie "NOW" Climate Change Emergency, What we CAN all DO about it: https://nowisthemovie.weebly.com
You can buy the movie at: https://nowisthemovie.weebly.com with all profits going to climate change groups, like WINzero and the Australian Conservation Foundation.
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