Whoopi Goldberg Teams With Extinction Rebellion to Narrate Environmental Short FilmVariety — Manori Ravindran
The three-minute animated short film is set in 2050 and looks back on how people united to save the world from the climate crisis. The date is significant as 2050 is when many countries have committed to reach net zero carbon.
Launching Friday across climate activists Extinction Rebellionâs various social media platforms, the film marks World Environment Day.
Passion Picturesâ animation studio previously produced U.K. grocery chain Icelandâs 2018 advertisement for palm oil â a moving indictment of the palm oil industryâs effects on the forest habitats of orangutans, created with Greenpeace U.K. The advertisement made headlines after it was banned by regulators after being deemed too political.
George Lewin, who co-directed the short with Nicola Jane Francis, explained that Goldberg, a one-time UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, was approached due to âher iconic voiceâ which could âbring a perfect sense of gravitas to the performance.â
âPlus she is outspoken on environmental issues and had the potential to inspire many of her followers to take action,â said Lewin. âSo we sent the script to her agent, and she came back quickly saying âIâm in.â We couldnât believe it.â