[ASC-list] Introducing the Climate Crab- a new animated film for the Pacific

Jill.Rischbieth at csiro.au Jill.Rischbieth at csiro.au
Wed Jul 3 02:01:07 UTC 2013

Check out our new animated film that integrates climate science and disaster preparedness - The Pacific Adventures of the Climate Crab.

The film and resource kit are available on DVD and can be downloaded from:

A team of climate scientists, humanitarians, technical experts, artists and film-makers teamed up to produce the humorous four minute film, which comes with a 'tool kit' to help link the information presented in the animation to decision-making and action on the ground.

El Niño and La Niña events influence rainfall, cyclone risk and sea levels in the Pacific region. These in turn impact Pacific communities in very real ways - for example the 2010/2011 La Niña event resulted in Red Cross responding to drought in Tuvalu and floods in Fiji. Good quality climate and weather information, warnings and forecasts can help us anticipate and prepare for changing risks.

This animation is an exciting new tool to raise awareness of the science and impacts of El Niño and La Niña and encourage Pacific Islanders to take early action in preparing for these extreme events. The film stars a comical and highly resilient crab and follows her escapades across the Pacific. 

The films and accompanying resources will be useful for those working in fields that address climate risk such as climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, health, education, food security, community planning, environmental protection, agriculture and natural resource management.

The Pacific Adventures of the Climate Crab is the result of a collaboration between Red Cross and the Australian Government's Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning (PACCSAP) Program. The project has been implemented by the Red Cross, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department (VMGD) and the SPC-GIZ Climate Change Program.

This is the first of two films. A second short film called 'Cloud Nasara' focuses on Vanuatu. It features a reggae parrot and dancing cloud parties. It will be available later in July from: www.pacificlimatechangescience.org/cloudnasara. 


For more information: 

Jill Rischbieth
Communication Advisor-Science Program- Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning (PACCSAP) Program 
Phone: +61 3 9239 4463 Mobile: +61 449 534 731   Email: Jill.Rischbieth at csiro.au 

Ula Majewski
Climate Communications Officer
Pacific Climate Animation Project
An Australian Government, Red Cross & Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazard Department initiative
Phone: +678 7755922 (Vanuatu)  +679 9268832 (Fiji)
+61 413 732 946 (Australia)
Email: ulamajewski at gmail.com

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