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The first glaciers to die are where you'd least expect to find them.


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  • DIRECTOR Miles Rowland

  • PRODUCER Charlotte Wheaton



The first glaciers to die are where you’d least expect to find them - on the equator. Tim Jarvis is a polar explorer and environmental scientist who famously recreated Shackleton’s Antarctic expeditions. 25zero is a feature documentary that follows Tim as he travels around the equator, documenting the loss of the equatorial glaciers - breathtaking and integral rivers of ice on the highest peaks of the equator. It’s a sad fact that they will all be gone within 25 years, but by highlighting their loss and exploring the science behind climate change, Tim sheds new light on the challenges we all face. Through the film, we follow Tim as he climbs these peaks and in addition, we follow as he works tirelessly back home in Australia to influence policy and find the most effective solutions to avert cataclysmic climate change. With the fate of the glaciers sealed and world leaders, big business and individuals not doing enough, he asks us all: ‘what else are we prepared to lose?'

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40.01% funded
  • $125,000.00

  • $50,010.00

  • 30th January 2020

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Neilson Foundation $50,000.00
MAL DAY $10.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

We are in the midst of a climate crisis. Almost everyone agrees on this. However, most people you talk to still don't fully understand the nuances of the science, nor what they or their leaders could and should be doing.

Significantly, there is a new push to spreading the good news of positive steps being taken. This is important. It gives us hope. However, we fear that the public may be lulled into a false sense of calm because of the uptake in renewables and advances in carbon extraction technologies, etc.

Our film peels back the curtain on climate science and the work being done (and not done) at a senior government and business level. Few people know what COP is or what the Paris accord truly is. Fewer people still know what they should be doing to make the biggest positive impact.

Our film is entertaining, illuminating and follows a strong on-screen character on a literal and emotional journey as he arrives at actionable solutions that give us genuine cause for optimism.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Our vision is to create the only climate change film a person needs to see. It is entertaining, amusing, real and accessible. Through a relatable and inspiring on-screen character, we glean all we need to know of the severity of the situation, as well as how individuals are empowered and can make a real difference, both at a micro and macro level. Our goal is to remind the viewer that we are all citizens of planet Earth and it is our only home in the universe.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

We believe change happens sideways, not top down or bottom up. Our goal is very specific. We aim to influence 1000 people to commit to the 12 actionable steps we will share on our interactive website. We believe in the principle that if you can affect 1000 people, who will champion your cause, they will, in turn, affect and inspire a further 1000, and so on. This is a basic marketing principle, and fundamentally our goal is to persuade people to change their lifestyles... a very tough ask. Because of this, we are aiming very specifically for 1000 key influencers who we believe will help spread our message, creating a ripple change effect. We will measure and augment this with an interactive website/web-app experience where people can commit to meaningful, simple to follow steps that will have measurable positive environmental effects, e.g. changing their Super to a carbon neutral fund, reducing the amount of red meat they eat, etc.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Our bigger and blue sky goal is to pivot the meaning of our film's title. Currently, 25zero is a reference to the 25 mountains on the equator (latitude zero) AND it's a reference to the idea that within 25 years or less, there will be zero ice on these mountains. However (and this comes through in the film), we invite the viewer to join us on our goal of aligning humanity around the objective of being carbon neutral in 25 years or less, i.e. reducing our carbon outputs and offsetting our emissions - so we are carbon neutral as a planet. If enough of us rally around this idea and hold influencers and policymakers accountable, then we will have achieved our outcome. And if we reach that goal by 2045, or even get close, we too will have achieved our outcome.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We have been sponsored by the World Bank - specifically, through their Climate Change arm. They are strong advocates of our work and are promoting our film outputs through their extensive channels and network. Their influence is enabling us to explore case studies in developing countries where communities are both adversely affected by climate change and are taking inspiring steps to mitigate these damages.

In addition, we are financially supported by Kathmandu, the outdoor brand. Through their influence, we are framing our film around the beauty (and fragility) of nature - how the world is remarkable, and we should keep it that way for future generations to celebrate and explore in.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

We hope viewers will visit our website (new site currently in development) and sign up to project 25zero. We hope they will commit to the 12 actionable steps to reduce their own carbon footprint and form part of a community that shares a global goal to reach 25zero (zero/net emissions in 25 years or less).

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

When we have 1000 early adopters/key influencers as part of our community, we believe our project will reach a tipping point, where it has enough self-driving inertia that our growth and message will spread exponentially. We will continue to nurture this community through future film outputs, partially funded through the World Bank and UNEP, who have funded us in the past and who have proposed that idea.