Climate Action Together video

The video opens with a Google Earth sequence, zooming in from the whole planet down to Hammersmith & Fulham. A series of shots follow showing the sun, busy roads, local road flooding and people watching a television in their living room.

Local residents and businesses then talk to the camera, with occasional footage cut in showing them working to take climate action.

The video was first shown at the H&F Climate Summit on Thursday 28 October 2021 and was produced by TEB Creative and H&F Circles.

Video transcript and description

Voiceover: The UN reports that we must take radical action by 2030 to keep climate change within safe levels. That's why Hammersmith & Fulham Council has declared a climate and ecological emergency.

Cllr Stephen Cowan, speaking outside Hammersmith Town Hall: Climate emergency is our issue and we will work with you to do everything we can to fix it.

On screen caption: Where do we go from here?

Voiceover: So where do we go from here? It's more than words, it's about taking action. Starting today. And actually many of our neighbours have already taken matters into their own hands. Let's meet a few of them.

Bella Madden, Year 5 pupil: I feel that because we live on this planet it's our responsibility to look after it and help it grow instead of destroying it.

Casey Abaraonye, founder of OMA Bikes: For way too long we have known that the problem existed but done nothing about it. If you keep hurtling towards a wall without deviating or stopping you will crash.

Caitlin Lynch, H&F Youth Council climate ambassador: I know it's going to rest on my generation's shoulders to do most of the leg work, so I'm keen to learn about it, get involved and make my difference now.

On screen caption: What has inspired me to take action?

Michael Dipple, TRA chair, Linacre Court estate: We asked the children in Linacre Court: “Where do fruit and vegetables come from?” And most of them said they came from supermarkets. So this is one of the reasons why we wanted to have a community garden so we can teach them how to grow fruit and vegetables from scratch.

Lydia Gandaa, founder of Bubble & Squeak: Our organisation is kid-led so it's all run by the children. And I think their passion for trying to rescue food. Their passion for thinking about the environment has inspired me to want to make that change myself.

Michael Byrne, volunteers coordinator, Thames21 charity: I spend a lot of time walking and hiking outdoors. Seeing the state of the Thames foreshore, with all sorts of rubbish piling up on every tide ,inspired me to try to find a way of doing something about that.

On screen caption: What actions have I taken?

Kanya Thavanesan, university student: Whenever I go out I always try to take my reusable lunchbox and pack my own lunch.

Caitlin Lynch: I don't buy fast fashion, I use upcycled clothes, and I'm trying to move towards more sustainable cosmetic brands.

Tom Pakenham, Shepherds Bush resident: I have turned my house into a super eco-friendly home that hardly uses any energy at all.

Francois Jordaan, TRA secretary, Bayonne estate: With the council's No Mow May, I asked the council whether we could leave this entire lawn unmowed this year to encourage the wildflowers to grow.

Iyoub Elkrami, workshop manager, Petit Miracles Interiors: What we've tried to focus on is using old pieces of furniture that were bound for landfill sites and redesign them and reuse them, so it gives them a new lease of life.

Casey Abaraonye: We set up OMA Bikes as a way to allow parents to encourage their children to ride bicycles. And we recycle these bicycles because there's already enough wastage out there.

On screen caption: How can people get involved?

Michael Dipple: If you have a balcony, a small space somewhere where there's a bit of light, you can grow anything.

Lydia Gandaa: Any old tins that you have, I would take them to your local food bank.

Tom Pakenham: And you can make sure that your boiler is working as efficiently as possible.

Bella Madden: The less meat we eat, the less will be produced. And that will also help stop global warming.

On screen caption: Why do we need to take climate action together?

Bella Madden: If one person does, it's just going to be quite hopeless. But if everyone does it then it's really going to make an impact.

Casey Abaraonye: We do not have the opportunity to fail at this. And it's everybody's responsibility. But we also do have the answers together.

Caitlin Lynch: As you can see, anyone can be a climate leader. Governments, businesses, citizens - we all have our role to play. And there’s much to be done here, if you want clean air, green spaces and a thriving future for all of us in Hammersmith & Fulham.

On screen caption: Visit www.lbhf.gov.uk/climate. There's a map to find a project near you and lots of information on how to get involved and take Climate Action Together.

[H&F Take Climate Action Together logo is displayed]

[Credit: This film was brought to you by Hammersmith & Fulham Council]

[Credit: Produced by TEB Creative and H&F Circles]