On Tuesday, President Obama delivered remarks at Georgetown University, laying out his bold vision for a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead the international effort to address global climate change.
The impacts of climate change, including severe weather, threats to public health, and our food system are affecting our economy, our communities, and our national security. In 2012, the cost of weather related disasters exceeded $110 billion in the United States, and climate change will only increase the frequency and intensity of these events.
During his historic speech, the President asked if, “we have the courage to act before it’s to late” and suggested that, “failure to do so will betray our children and future generations.”
Since 2010, my team, working under the auspice of documentary filmmakers, have witnessed many of our Nation’s disasters up close and personal. From the devastating and deadly effects of the BP oil catastrophe, to Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane’s Isaac and Sandy, to massive tornado storms in the Great Plains, Midwest and Deep South, to wildfires in California and Colorado, and the lingering effects of blistering heat waves and drought throughout the country.
Our film, Storm Surge affirms the tragic reality that our addiction to fossil fuels and the production of CO2 are compromising everything we value as Americans — our environment, our economy and our political system — and the resulting changes in our climate will put everything we’ve accomplished as a nation into jeopardy.
Climate driven severe weather is not just a problem for the residents of the Gulf Coast, Great Plains, Midwest, or the East Coast, but for all of us.
We are doing our part to help our fellow Americans adapt to climate change, as well as build healthier, safer, and more resilient communities through the power of narrative storytelling and social impact media. We are heeding the President’s call to take action.
We hope you will join us.
Stacy and the Team Storm Surge