BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 27 December '15

Our Changing Climate urges young people to help tackle climate change

Online creators Jack and Finn Harries (JacksGap) have launched a striking documentary called Our Changing Climate, encouraging their generation to keep the momentum going following the Paris climate deal. 

The film follows their epic journey to the Arctic with WWF, where they looked at the impact climate change is having on the polar region.

Our Changing Climate

 

After COP21

Twin brothers Jack and Finn, who are passionate storytellers and have a combined social media following of over 12 million, want to keep the spotlight firmly focused on climate action after the step forward taken at COP21 this December.

As the first generation to grow up witnessing the effects of climate change, the brothers want to use their influence to inspire young people in the last generation that can really make a difference.

Creating change

The film-makers joined WWF on a science expedition to Greenland with WWF-UK polar expert Rod Downie and Professor Alun Hubbard – a scientist who has been at the forefront of research on the Greenland ice sheet for over 10 years.

‘Although climate change is often thought of as a far off threat, it is here right now. I remember being aged 15 and attending a climate protest with my mum outside the Houses of Parliament. I didn’t know it then but climate change would become the single most important challenge affecting my generation. That was ahead of COP15 in Copenhagen and these conferences have been held every year since I was born. Today, following on from the Paris climate deal, we have a better opportunity than ever to create change – as long as we keep up the momentum.’

Finn Harries, JacksGap

Greenland expedition

Jack and Finn joined Rod and Alun to travel up the Russell Glacier onto the Greenland ice sheet, analysing data and tracking the rate of ice flow and melt over the past 20 years of record warming temperatures.

The team then travelled up the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Jakobshavn Isbrae – the biggest glacier in the Northern hemisphere. It has receded by more than 10km since the start of the millennium.

‘The film sends a strong message from WWF and JacksGap following the Paris deal that we need to keep up the momentum and pressure for urgent action on climate change. All too often after big global decisions, people think the job is done. If we now take our eye off the ball, we’ll fail. COP21 has given us a big step up in the struggle to protect our planet from the impacts of climate change. So, now – it’s time to act.’

Colin Butfield, WWF-UK

Click here to find out more about WWF’s collaboration with Jacksgap for Our Changing Climate.