Friday, November 4, 2011

A Call to Action: CLIMATE the Movie

[An open letter from New Hampshire screenwriter Deborah Whitaker:]

A Call to Action: CLIMATE the Movie
"Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them." – Albert Einstein

Recently, scientists have realized the danger to our way of life from solar hurricanes (Coronal Mass Ejections) over the next several years is worse than first imagined.

There is a bill before Congress (the Shield Act) designed to protect our grid from CME’s, and National Geographic presented a powerful documentary (“Electronic Armageddon”) about the subject last year.

“Seven U.S. government departments and agencies have now concluded that if our national electric grid is not upgraded to ensure its continuity in the event of a massive solar event… we could face a blackout lasting four to 10 years, costing countless lives and potentially bringing cataclysmic damage to U.S. society as we know it. It could emerge as the most severe crisis in modern history.” - U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D- NY) and U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R -AZ) April 2011

“We are playing Russian Roulette with the sun.” John Kappenman, Owner of Storm Analysis Consultants and former transmission planner at Minnesota Power, said. “You play that game long enough, you will lose.” Electric Power Daily, October 7, 2011

Millions across the Northeast just lost power due to a freak winter storm in October. As I write this, millions are still without power. Many will be without power for a week. Imagine if the power doesn’t come back for years. Imagine your car doesn’t start and your cell phone won’t work. Imagine food and water supplies dwindling fast. With a CME, this could happen in a blink of an eye, with no warning, and most people would not even know why.

This threat is legitimate, unfathomable, yet only a few are taking action.

It’s understandable. Due to the constant barrage of disaster scenarios before us, when we hear troubling news like this we often react like folks did to the boy who cried wolf. We’ve all heard it too many times before. We don’t listen.

My screenplay CLIMATE addresses this threat of geomagnetic storms. CLIMATE is not a disaster movie, it’s about prevention. It’s a heart-stopping story of the static of our times that takes place in New England and Hawaii. Ultimately, CLIMATE is about listening – to ourselves, each other and the planet - and was written before the evidence starting rolling in that the situation is worse than originally feared.

CLIMATE has received some positive attention (including an A list actress, among others), but its urgent message cannot risk waiting in Hollywood's queue another minute. If CLIMATE is produced now, it can help raise awareness and inspire action. As filmmakers all know, a well-told and emotionally provoking story can motivate its audience to act.

With the clock ticking on protecting our future, action must be taken now. I currently have other projects going, but considering the urgency of CLIMATE’s message I am changing my priorities and creating the time for CLIMATE. When I imagine a future like the one described above, I don’t want to think in hindsight that CLIMATE could have made a difference, but I didn’t do everything I could.

Obviously, I can’t do this alone. My hope is this posting attracts others who feel the same way. Besides its urgent message, the project is timely, marketable and an incredible opportunity for the right person(s). CLIMATE urgently needs a producer with passion for the project and the wherewithal to make it happen, and make it happen now.

If this project resonates with you, or if you are interested in helping further the cause in any capacity, however small, please check out the CLIMATE website, learn more about the cause, the screenplay, and contact me asap at

Thank you.

Deborah Whitaker