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A Young Climate Scientist’s Moral Awareness

As we work through our edit, I very much appreciate the following personal reflection, which comes from Yale Climate Connections. Today they posted a radio interview with Sarah Myhre of the University of Washington. She studies how global warming affects marine ecosystems. Her work has serious implications, so she’s unable to put it away when she goes home.

Myhre: “My place of deep happiness is being outside amidst mountains and oceans and animals and places where I feel the most connected to the natural world. And coming to terms with the kind of change that’s in front of us, I mean we’re talking about changing the entire planet forever. And there are major emotional and existential crises that I think scientists and citizens are grappling with.”

Sarah often considers what the world will be like when her son grows up.

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Myhre: “And all of those emotions, all that commitment to my son’s life in the future … it all informs the kind of professional that I want to be.”

Keeping the serious consequences of climate change top of mind can be emotionally taxing, but Myhre says it’s helped her grow personally and professionally.

Myhre: “It’s really shifted my thinking from the world being about, you know, me and my life and my career … to thinking about people in the future and the suffering that is possible, and my moral responsibility to those people and to my family.”

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photo: Courtesy of Sarah Myhre

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Rhiannon Giddens in Nashville

A few weeks ago, we completed our last music scene, working with Rhiannon Giddens in Nashville. She is a Grammy Award–winning violinist, vocalist and banjo player, and a founding member of African-American folk interpreters Carolina Chocolate Drops. Her recent solo debut was produced by T Bone Burnett, and is called TOMORROW IS MY TURN. We are very pleased that Rhiannon contributed a tune to our production, with the collaboration and accompaniment of BEHOLD THE EARTH’S musician and song composer Dirk Powell.

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Katherine Hayhoe in Texas

My last interview for the film was completed thursday with climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe. She authored A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions

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Ten Thousand Charms

This hymn of praise first came to my ears through a version sung by western singer Martha Scanlon.  Beautiful!  Here, Dirk Powell’s daughters Amelia (age 16) and Sophie (age 13) bring the song to life under a 400-year-old Live Oak tree in the deep south. Also on board for the final stretch… Director of Photography David Wright and longtime colleague and second DP/Producer/Sound man Darryl Czuchra. Fantastic!

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Louisiana Musician Dirk Powell

Filmed last week with Dirk Powell in Louisiana, a legendary instrumentalist and musician who has won four Grammy awards. Dirk has a powerful love for the outdoors, his daughters Amelia and Sophie, and their future on this changing planet. Here, he sings his own song, WATERBOUND.   Besides assisting as BEHOLD THE EARTH’s song composer and music advisor, Dirk is a creative and overall good soul!

 

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