James Levelle is an award-winning filmmaker and adventurer, at present racing 7000 miles, fossil fuel-free, from the UK to Santiago de Chile. On a mission to fulfill inspirational younger people who find themselves standing as much as the local weather disaster, James intends to offer a platform for his or her voices.
The journey will conclude with the supply of their local weather disaster video messages on the UN Local weather Convention in December. The Nano Basis is proud to be supporting James on his journey.
Are you able to inform us just a little about your self and the way you got here to be embarking on such a journey?
I’m a documentary filmmaker with an indomitable ardour for tales that encourage a greater understanding of the pure world and our very important connection to it. Through the years, I’ve had the privilege to work with some wonderful individuals, whether or not filmmaking for wildlife and environmental NGOs or on my numerous TV adventures celebrating the very best in humanity.
After a summer season spent filming inside the attention of hurricanes, I perceive how lethal local weather chaos may be. I’m massively involved about this ecological emergency we discover ourselves in. It’s overwhelming and terrifying, however the factor that has impressed me most on this disaster is the best way the youth are stepping up and attempting to make their voices heard.
I feel this 7000-mile fossil-fuel-free journey is one of the simplest ways I can contribute my journey filmmaking abilities to empower the worldwide youth. I need to amplify their voice, unite all of them on this dynamic journey, and mission the ability of that unity to politicians and the world on the local weather convention.
Why focus a lot of your vitality on reaching out to the youthful era?
Easy… it’s their future. Arguably, the local weather disaster is the best problem humanity has ever confronted. The youthful era has essentially the most at stake, however with out the power to vote, their voices are not often heard.
I need to meet as many younger individuals as attainable on this epic journey, doc their hopes, fears, and calls for, and ship their voices within the type of a strong and emotive quick movie to politicians and the world on the UN Local weather Convention in Chile this December.
The large query for me is, can younger individuals be the important thing to altering grownup hearts and minds and finish the indecision that threatens their future?
Which fossil gas dependencies do you suppose we’ll discover the toughest transfer away from?
I feel we’ll discover it exhausting to maneuver away from our dependence on vitality era from fossil fuels. The demand for vitality is at all times growing, and if we’re hoping to make the swap electrical, we’re going to wish extra electrical energy than ever. The large query is whether or not we are able to generate all of it by means of renewable vitality.
This journey is a unbelievable alternative for me to discover fossil-fuel-free transport choices but additionally discover out what the chances are for a extra environmentally pleasant future.
The human race is at a essential crossroads, and I actually hope that this mission can present individuals constructive methods ahead. There are lots of issues that we are able to all do to contribute, usually we simply want to search out what works for us. That’s the reason now we have partnered with like-minded organizations, such because the Nano Basis. We’ve a chance to current the world methods through which they will make a distinction, and within the case of Nano, giving entry to an empowering a sustainable monetary system.
And the way can younger individuals get entangled and contribute to the message?
Alongside the best way, I’m gathering a whole bunch of local weather disaster messages from the younger individuals I meet, however I would like younger individuals everywhere in the world to have their voices heard. The cool factor is that they will do precisely that by sending me their messages by way of ‘The Message’ web page on the expedition web site.
You could have already lined 1000’s of miles in your journey to date, are you able to share a number of the highs and lows of the journey to date?
The journey has been continuous and utterly action-packed. If I needed to decide some highlights, the primary day of the journey setting sail at daybreak from the south coast of England was actually epic.
Paris amazed me after I met an city shepherd shifting his flock of sheep by means of the town as youngsters from the tower blocks above delighted in petting these fluffy four-legged associates.
In Madrid, I met two younger girls, Maria and Andrea each enthusiastic about trend and on a visit to India. They had been so impressed by the materials they discovered that on returning to Spain, they determined to start out their very own enterprise. The difficulty was that they discovered how damaging quick trend is, and a lot of the textile trade is to the atmosphere. Maria advised me manufacturing one T-shirt can waste as a lot as 1200 liters of water, to not point out all of the poisonous chemical compounds used to course of the supplies.
They didn’t need to hand over on their inventive dream, however they didn’t need to contribute to the local weather and environmental disaster. The answer, supply off-cut materials destined for the garbage dump and up-cycle them into attractive luggage. So that they get rid of waste, create high quality luggage, and promote them for an reasonably priced value that makes them an excellent fashionable moral different to quick trend.
In addition they allowed me to design a bag… which will have been a mistake. We’ll see the tip lead to a couple of weeks time!
As for low factors, there haven’t been many. However getting misplaced in a forest within the Pyrenees because the solar went down with no map wasn’t preferrred. Particularly as I had by chance ended up on the bike busting bouldered pilgrim path of the Camino de Santiago. I needed to carry my bike and luggage up the mountain till I discovered a forest highway out of the woods. Wild tenting that night time on high of the mountain, nonetheless, was a spotlight. Silver linings… eh?
Local weather change is an actual and ever-growing concern, particularly as we proceed to study concerning the methods people are disrupting the pure steadiness. All through your journey to date, have you ever been stunned to study of any uncommon results of local weather change?
An city beekeeper in Paris blew my thoughts when he defined that his beekeeping colleagues within the countryside lose 30–40% of all their bees yearly to the local weather chaos, illness, and pesticides. Fossil fuels are a major think about local weather change, and pesticides are manufactured from fossil fuels. So it’s a devastating double whammy.
Volkan, the beekeeper, defined that if we lose the bees, our crops can’t be pollinated. Greens and fruit can’t develop, and we’ll all be out of meals in about 4 years. I’d say that individual fossil gas dependency is fairly disastrous.
Have you ever encountered some other examples of compelling technological improvements that can assist us scale back the affect now we have on the planet?
I met a powerful younger local weather activist, Alejandro, in Madrid, who then invited me to a youth coaching camp within the mountains 120km away. I had no time to cycle there and again, and there have been no electrical trains… I wanted an electrical automobile, however the rental firms had none accessible.
I lastly discovered one within the type of just a little Renault ZOE which whizzed me out of the town shortly, simply and fossil gas free. Driving an electrical automobile for the primary time was fascinating. Touring silently and at pace with out emitting any fumes was tremendous satisfying. However I quickly found the flip aspect, on my return journey to Madrid I couldn’t discover a charging level and floor to a halt on a hill midway house.
To be honest to little ZOE isn’t actually designed for prolonged journeys out of city and I actually pushed her past her restrict… however that’s what journey’s all about. If I may have paid for the automobile with Nano that will have been the icing on the cake!
After assembly with George Coxon in London and studying extra about Nano, has it modified your understanding of what digital cash can do to assist empower individuals all over the world?
Assembly George in London and studying about Nano was extremely enlightening. For starters, I had no thought how damaging the present monetary arrange may be for the atmosphere and the way restrictive it’s in creating nations. Empowering individuals with fast, easy accessibility to their cash in order that they will feed their households and ship their youngsters to highschool is key, but so many nonetheless don’t have full management of their wealth. Nano’s transactions are immediate and inexperienced, which is a complete gamechanger. If ‘cash makes the world go spherical’, then we’d like a system that ensures that cash is transacted shortly, pretty and in an environmentally pleasant means.
Nano is on the case, and I’m very excited to be working with them on this fossil-fuel-free journey.