The Great Warming is a major international television mini-series about climate change and sustainable development, produced by Montreal-based Stonehaven Productions.
Loosely based on the book “Storm Warning: Gambling with the Climate of our Planet” by science writer Lydia Dotto, the $3 million, three-hour series is narrated by Keanu Reeves and Alanis Morissette, and was shot across four continents. Locations included the USA, Canada, the high Arctic, Inner Mongolia, the UK, Switzerland, Italy, Peru, Bangladesh and China.
Episode #1: THE HUMAN FINGERPRINT explores the underlying science of climate change. From North and South America to Asia and Europe, we examine the evidence to learn what today’s rising temperatures mean for our own futures.
Episode #2: AGE OF UNCERTAINTY reveals the often-surprising consequences of climate change, through the stories of real people already living through them. Because it’s more than just the heat…
Episode #3: OUR CHILDREN’S PLANET sweeps around the world to introduce us to the people and communities who are combating The Great Warming… with commitment, enthusiasm and exciting new technologies.
The Great Warming’s sponsors include the Government of Canada, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the international reinsurer Swiss Re.
The series will première on Canada’s Discovery Channel on Earth Day, April 22, 2004. A French version will première about a week later, on Canada’s Canal D network. International distribution is being handled by CTV Television, and educational versions are also available.
Stonehaven is now working on a related 90 minute PBS special featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, scheduled to air in fall 2004.
The series’ editorial premise is based on the assumption that there is ample evidence that Earth’s climate is changing and that human activities are a big component of that change. The documentary features a variety of “human interest” stories involving real people across North America whose lives are already being effected by the changing climate — from Lousiana marsh guides to Inuit hunters to inner-city activists.
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