Climate Change – a chance to do your bit

earthI met an impressive young man the other day – Mark Ashmore, a product of the Prince’s Trust and an entrepreneur with a conscience. As a youngster his dyslexia did nothing to blur his vision, and armed with a passion for the performing arts and a little help from the Trust, he set up Future Artists.

And just as the Trust helped him – so he’s looking for YOUR help with a most worthy project (more below).

Essentially, Future Artists is a network of creative film people modelled on the United Artists principle way back in the era of Charlie Chaplin. Rather than having physical studio space, Mark brings together the elements needed to make great films – actors’ agencies, scriptwriters, post-production facilities – at a fraction of the normal cost. This is a wonderful opportunity for creative people to showcase their talents – and of course for companies looking to communicate through new media.

But above all else Mark epitomises the modern social entrepreneur, someone with a conscience and strong principles. This has driven him to pursue an extraordinary project – an independent documentary charting the climate change argument, specifically the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (7-18 Dec 2009). Mark has gained agreement to interview representatives of the government’s COBRA emergency committee group, as well as senior ministers attending the event.

His hope is to produce a high quality documentary which will impact people’s views on the climate change issue, in the way that Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ raised awareness of the need to act now. By forming strategic partnerships with the likes of Greenpeace, the Prince’s Trust, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, Mark believes the film will be seen by over a million people and be used as an educational tool by organisations across the globe.

Of course all this costs money, and Mark hopes to raise the £5,000 needed to fund the project. He’s kept costs to a minimum – of course he’s NOT flying to the conference! Potential sponsors can associate themselves with the film in a number of ways; it may be that 10 companies sponsor the project to the tune of £500 each. Whatever the case, the ROI is an extraordinary exposure via viral video campaign – not to mention the moral stance over such an important issue facing us all.

If you’d like to support Mark in his endeavour, contact him at 07500 256968.

Thank you.

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