big ask video clip makes waves

A short film made by Friends of the Earth in Belgium, with the help of award-winning film director Nic Balthazar, is helping spread the message that politicians must 'Act Now' against climate change.

big ask beachMore than 6,000 people took part in the recording of the Big Ask video clip at Ostende on the Belgian coast. It was the largest event against climate change ever held in Belgium. The film clip was made possible by the engagement of volunteers from Friends of the Earth and many film industry professionals including Nic Balthazar, all of whom gave their time for free. Music was supplied by Hooverphonic.

The film clip was launched at the end of November 2008 in the Belgian Parliament, in the presence of the Belgian climate minister and members of parliament from all parties. Since then, over 20,000 people have contacted their members of parliament to demand a strong and fair climate law in order to achieve annual cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The clip was shown on all of the major TV channels in the Dutch speaking part of the country, and also received good coverage on the French speaking side. Over 100,000 people have viewed the clip on YouTube, and it has also been shown in the main cinema chain in Belgium.

The request for help spread the clip has also proven to be an excellent way to attract new activists and volunteers, and many new local Big Ask groups have formed to organize local screenings of the film.


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