Cornwall’s Climate Stories is a series of documentaries highlighting the impacts of climate change already being felt across Cornwall, as well as the fantastic local businesses, researchers and community groups working hard to prepare us for the challenges coming our way.
Climate change is going to impact us here in ways beyond just extreme weather and sea level rise. The films will focus on specific themes, from housing, transport and fishing to energy, health and farming, looking at how these will be affected in the future.
The series, being produced over the next three years, will also showcase some possible visions of a surprisingly different future - with beavers being used to re-engineer Cornish rivers and prevent flooding, hydrogen fuel being made from offshore wind power, cattle slurry turned into eco-diesel and our fields growing new crops like sunflowers and sweet potatoes.
We screen our films at community events, schools and colleges the length and breadth of the Duchy, as well as online. The aim is to get local conversations started and motivate people by showing how Cornwall’s natural resources and ingenuity could make us a great example for the rest of the UK to follow on the critical journey to a low carbon future.
Would you like us to come and deliver a screening and discussion event in your community or school? If so please get in touch!
If we’re to have a chance of staying within safe climate limits, then all of us will have to be on board. We’re passionate about doing our part to make that happen.
If you have a Cornish climate story you think we should be telling please let us know.
(Many thanks to Fergus Kennedy for use of the fantastic stormy waves footage above).
Should we all be giving up meat and dairy if we’re to have a hope of avoiding dangerous climate breakdown?
This is what the headlines seem to tell us. But is this too simplistic a picture – and what would this mean for Cornwall, where the majority of our farmland is used to raise livestock or to grow crops for these animals to eat?
Food for Thought looks at the undeniable impacts of modern animal agriculture as well as some of the incredible Cornish initiatives underway to mitigate them – and also the role that regenerative farming could play in actually combating climate change while producing nutritious food.
Presented by organic beef farmer Lisa Guy, this film aims to inspire much-needed conversation and action about a crucial subject that has become one of the most contentious within the climate debate.
Cornwall Climate Care is proud to be a signatory to the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, signed by hundreds of thousands of individuals, organisations and scientists, calling for an end to fossil fuel use and a just transition away from coal, oil and gas. Please read about this important initiative and consider signing yourself at fossilfueltreaty.org
And we're getting noticed
Each of our 30-minute documentaries takes around four months to complete and costs around £20,000. This includes the full production costs, community outreach and creation of educational materials.
We launched this project with a generous bequest from a private individual who cared deeply about nature and the environment.
We have also raised over £23,000 through a very successful Crowdfunder campaign with donations from over 260 wonderful individuals and businesses.
We are also enormously grateful to the following funders for their generous support:
National Lottery Community Fund
Cornwall Council Carbon Neutral Fund
Digital Plymouth iMayflower Fund
Creative Cornwall Calling Fund
LocalGiving's Magic Little Grants and the Postcode Local Trust
If you would like to help us to engage with communities and young people on this issue in Cornwall and beyond, please click below and donate. Thank you.