RFFI Featured With Other Climate Action Pioneers In Film Featuring Carbon Drawdown Projects
The pioneering climate action of the Redwood Forest Foundation (RFFI) is featured in the Leonardo DiCaprio HBO Documentary ICE ON FIRE, airing on June 11, 2019 on HBO. The film premiered to a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2019. RFFI’s work is showcased along with other climate champions who are working strategically to draw down carbon and reduce global temperatures in the face of the growing threat so dramatically captured in this compelling film.
ICE ON FIRE’s stunning cinematography motivates the viewer by capturing the spectacular beauty of our planet, while visually driving home the dire need to take action now. The convincing narrative spotlights the cutting-edge research behind today’s climate science – and carbon capturing practices aimed at reducing carbon in the atmosphere, which could pave the way for the critically needed reduction in the global temperature necessary for sustaining global life systems.
Harun (center) and the film crew in the redwoods
ICE ON FIRE emphasizes the importance of an immediate, two-pronged approach to reversing the crisis: reducing carbon and methane emissions by using traditional renewable energy sources and new ones, like tidal energy; and implementing “drawdown” measures, with an emphasis on drawing down and sequestering carbon by using direct air capture, sea farms, sustainable forestry, tree planting, urban farms, biochar, marine snow, bionic leaves and others.
While much of the political and economic focus has been on the energy sector, the film points out that drawdown, i.e., pulling CO2 out of the atmosphere and oceans and sequestering it underground or into new materials is perhaps the best hope for mitigating climate change in the short term.
This is where RFFI’s work comes in. The Redwood Forest Foundation works at the nexus of three critical natural climate change solutions: sustainable forest management, reforestation and biochar production. All three, as highlighted in Ice on Fire, capture carbon and sequester it long-term.
RFFI’s sustainable forestry practices are an example of one of the top five best Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) outlined in the IPCC and other reports and in the film itself.