Portrait of Bill McKibben, author and activist. photo: Nancie Battaglia

International non-profit 350.org premiered its feature length climate film in Sydney yesterday. The crowd-funded Accelerate shown at the Australian Museum aims to inspire ordinary people into action against fossil fuel by showing change is possible. 

It features the voice of prominent climate author and environmentalist, Bill McKibben, who calls every person to action. The founder of 350.org, McKibben says that a fast and fair transition from “dirty energy” to renewables is not only feasible but essential. 

Accelerate the documentary reinforces the science and factual information we already know,” says director Emma Hudson. “The intention of the film is to remind us all that through active engagement we can change the system to restore a liveable planet.”

A number of popular Australian figures lent their voices throughout the film, including Mia Wasikowska, Rachel Ward, and Simon Baker. The hope is that with enough people rallying for action change will happen 

“In the wake of the IPCC’s new report,” says 350.org Australia’s acting chief executive officer Glen Klatovsky, “all Australians must step up and fight against fossil fuel influence and for a safer, cleaner, greener future.”

To make sure the film reaches as many people as possible, 350.org has created a 30 minute version of Accelerate that people will be able to access for free to hold personal screenings in their community.

“This is a film with an important and urgent message as we head towards a crucial ‘climate change election’ in Australia,” 350.org told The Fifth Estate, “and we want as many people as possible to see the movie as part of our Vote #1.5 election campaign.”

Anyone interested in the shortened film will be able to register on the 350.org Australia website in the coming weeks and have it sent to them. There will also be an additional screening of Accelerate in Melbourne next month as part of the Transitions Film Festival. 

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