I hope this finds you well,
I am currently seeking assistance with producing an adventure TV series with a threatened species connotation linked to each episode. With that being said, it needs to be highlighted how the species existence has become so bleak. The answer is consumerism.
Every item that we consume has an impact on the environment if not locally, internationally. As the fight on plastic is gathering momentum it is equally important to highlight and not forget about the issues of our consumerism habits and the implications this has on species both endangered and non-endangered.
So what are they?
Palm oil: As we have limited labelling laws in Australia and no restrictions in how palm oil is labelled (labelled as vegetable oil in food products and sodium laurel sulphates and others in cosmetics), there is no clear choice for the consumer to say no. What are the impacts: Both in Malaysia (Borneo) and Indonesia the forests have been cut down at a rapid rate leading to the loss of biota such as Orang-Utans and Elephants right down to a massive 75% reduction of the smaller species such as butterflies.
What can we do?
Avoid items that have been derived from palm oil unless it is stipulated that it has been responsibly sourced (RSPO), and use alternative products.
Paper products: In Australia we flush 7 million trees down the toilet each year and on top of that we use a large number of other paper based products such as office paper and catalogues, this is putting pressure on species such as Pygmy Possums and Koalas.
What can we do?
Use recycled paper based products, use electronic versions and recycle all paper and cardboard products around the home.
Other examples are Mobile phones/Tablets Australians have nearly 20 million phones lying around that they don’t use and the nasty products within them such as coltan that has been mined in Central Africa is putting pressure on species such as Gorillas and Elephants and has been implicated in child exploitation. So why do we need to have the latest and greatest technology when it is possibly causing waste issues and affecting communities and species?
Over fishing: So pole fishing for Tuna is more sustainable than trawling right? Wrong! Although this limits bycatch such as dolphins, turtles etc., it puts pressure on baitfish colonies as huge numbers are used to either put on a hook or be used to lure the tuna in. Mass catching of one species of fish also has massive implications not only on population numbers but also fish size.
I have provided you with a few examples of what we are as consumers are doing to the environment, I am happy to provide more on request, I have left it brief for email purposes.
So who am I?
I am someone who is deeply passionate about the environment, and am dedicated on teaching others that we all have a role to play, I have a bachelor in Environmental Science (conservation and Management), I have worked with Zoos Victoria, Melbourne Water and have completed acting classes and presenting classes. I have presented on segments for Totally Wild, Scope (Network 10), worked with producers on trying to get other content broadcast and also completed many extra and small acting jobs.
I am looking at connecting with a producer or production company that believes in the story I am telling, and I am happy to listen and adapt the ideas to a format that would make it more appealing for TV audiences.
Audition / Rehearsal / Production datesThis is in development stage and require a producer/director to help get this over the line
Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity - Will negotiate terms with you
Collaborations should create mutual benefit and are usually amateur, student or 'Time for Print' projects.
I need someone with that believes the story that I am telling , and are willing to do what it takes to get this to a network/production company
Anyone, aged 18 and over
- Production & Management ability: Intermediate, Expert
Applications closed 24 October 2019.