CLEAN Teleconference Call May 17, 2022

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Climate Feedback Loops Videos

Abstract: While most people have heard of global warming, few understand about environmental feedback loops, which are amplifying and accelerating the process. In Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops, a series of five short films ranging from 8-14 minutes, 12 climate scientists explain howwarming caused by human activity is setting in motion Earth's own natural mechanisms, releasing additional greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and further heating up the planet. Out of dozens of environmental feedback loops, Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops focuses on four areas, explaining how warming in forests, permafrost, the atmosphere and the poles work together to accelerate warming cycles. Despite these feedback loops pushing the climate to a point of no return, they are not generally understood by the public—or many policymakers. The films use captivating illustrations and graphics, stunning footage, and interviews with leading scientists to examine this crucial piece of the climate puzzle, conveying the urgency of stopping these cycles, letting natural systems remove carbon, and preserving the delicate balance necessary to maintain Earth's temperature.

In this session, we'll present clips from the series and walk participants through our educational materials, which include discussion guides and science standards compatible curriculum for grades 6-12, created by Journeys in Film. All resources are free and posted on our website.


Bonnie Waltch  is an award-winning producer, director, and writer for documentaries and museum exhibit media. She was the Senior Producer and Writer of the one-hour international broadcast documentary, Earth Emergency, and series of five short films, Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops. She has been involved in numerous programs for PBS, including The Secret of Life (NOVA/BBC), Scientific American Frontiers, Out of the Past, and The Ring of Truth, and for the Discovery Channel (Discover Magazine) and Animal Planet (All Bird TV). She directed and wrote Super Reefs: The Future of Coral for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and has produced exhibit media for museums around the U.S., including Pikes Peak Visitor Center, the Tennessee State Museum, the Nebraska State Museum, the Mob Museum, and the National World War II Museum.

After several decades as Senior Series Producer for PBS's award winning science series NOVA, Melanie Wallace, a Peabody and Emmy award winning senior producer, launched Melanie Wallace Media Strategies LLC. Melanie has produced and series produced over three hundred (300) PBS NOVA episodes. Her rich body of work spans from her first PBS credit exactly 40 years ago, Whale Watch (1982) to Ancient Maya Metropolis (2022). Her films have been honored by the News and Documentary Emmys, the International Emmys, the Primetime Emmys, the Columbia Dupont Awards, Peabody Awards and the International Documentary Association (IDA) among others. An internationally acclaimed media executive, Melanie has rare insight into all aspects of factual programming, including content development, talent acquisition, and complex business deals. MWMS LLC also has highly developed special skills in Impact Producing bringing the most recent climate change documentary, Earth Emergency, to the attention of COP26, HRH Prince of Wales Terra Carta Sustainability Initiative and the UK Parliament, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and PBS.

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