Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, November 19th, 2014 - 17 comments
Categories: climate change, science - Tags: , ,

Reposted without permission from Hot Topic (just like last time).


The Kickstarter campaign to get climate documentary Thin Ice shown on public TV in the USA is closing in on its target. At the time of writing, the total pledged stands at NZ$21,199 — just over 75% of the way to the $27,500 needed with 4 days to go. The film’s producer, professor Peter Barrett, is pleased with the progress:

We are enormously grateful to our 156 supporters thus far. It’s proving to be a challenging journey, but it will be worth it if we can get Thin Ice tailored for American Public TV for the most influential people in the world on this issue.

For an idea of just how good Thin Ice is, have a look at the video above — scientists talking about why they do science. Dave Harwood defines science, Nancy Bertler and Ros Rickaby talk about what turned them on to it, Wally Broecker says what’s important for him, Liz Sikes explains why she enjoys it, and Ray Pierrehumbert gives some reasons for trusting the scientific process.

If have any spare cash for a good cause, get over to Kickstarter and make a pledge. And spread the word: there’s not far to go, but there are only 4 days left to hit the target. Let’s make it happen!

Updated: They are getting close to hitting the target having gained more than $4000 since this post was put up  yesterday afternoon.

At 22:20 on the 20th

Thin Ice at 2220 on the 20th


  1. Gareth 1

    Permission granted: like last time… 😉

  2. RedLogix 2

    Done. Sorry Lynn – it was either you or these guys 🙂

  3. Richard Christie 3

    Is this campaign also being run in the USA?
    After all, that’s where it is aimed to screen the result.

    $27K is a tiny amount if sought from the US population and probably quickly raised.
    Why is this campaign (seemingly) targeted only at NZers?

    • RedLogix 3.1

      A good question you might want to direct to the Wellington Kickstarter team. They’re totally visible and make it pretty easy to communicate with them on the page linked.

      I’d imagine that part of the answer is that the NZ company Earth Sea Sky has put up some rewards at some categories.

      It’s very much a Kiwi effort and would likely have best visibility in the NZ science community and their supporters. And I’m definitely one of their supporters.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 3.2

      I had the same thoughts.

    • greywarshark 3.3

      @ Richard Christie
      It could be a subtle way of getting back at our government. If we can raise awareness in the USA then if they do more we are forced to do more based on the argument that we want to be followers not leaders in action.

    • Gary 3.4

      Hi Richard, I was just looking at some of the blogs etc that helped raise awareness of our campaign (I’m one of the project team!). The original full length film was a collaboration between Victoria University of Wellington (NZ) and Oxford (UK). so the Kickstarter campaign was ran on the Kickstarter NZ site out of VUW here as simply this is where we are all based. We considered NZ based crowd sourcing or trying to get on Kickstarter’s US platform or other US based crowd sourcing sites but on balance went with Kickstarter NZ. It was a very global effort though as the scientists in the film are based worldwide and they and their institutions helped spread our message, our distributor, Green Planet Films, were also amazing in giving advice, time and support. By the end of the campaign we featured highly on Kickstarter overall for docos.

      By the way the project successfully closed today and we overshot our goal by $6.5k so the project is underway to go on public TV networks in the US next (northern) summer. The additional funds will go towards developing an educational pack, additional languages and fuller marketing to support our championing station.


  4. Murray Rawshark 4

    Done a week or so ago. Worthwhile project.

  5. Manuka AOR 5

    Meanwhile New Zoiland is doing it’s bit for climate change — to speed it along, that is:
    “The area offshore Taiaroa Head is part of 476,000km which has been proposed for oil and gas exploration.
    ” “Well it’s absolutely ginormous; it’s 80 percent larger than the entire land mass of New Zealand and it shows how National is fixated with oil drilling, risking our climate and risking our beaches with an oil spill” says Mr Hughes.”
    (my emph)
    “A vast new area of seabed off Northland’s west coast is being opened up to oil and gas exploration in the Government’s 2015 block offer.”
    “The proposal, which comprises four offshore and three onshore areas, covers about 476,000sq km. New Zealand’s total land area is about 270,000sq km.
    “Rueben Taipari Porter, a leading opponent of oil exploration, said he had been disappointed with the last consultation round, which he believed was set up to ensure the Government got its way.”

    An awareness day is being planned at Ahipara early next month.

  6. tricle up 7

    Good to see science leading the way the visual idea is great .Civilization in transition and over the hill is not a good option slowing material consumption and redistribution for sustainable world plans rates..

  7. dale 8

    Yeah I would donate to it but I just gave my donation to another doco called Climate Hustle. Will be out within a couple of months. This is a must watch for everyone that wants to know the science and the truth backed up with hard data.

    • lprent 8.1

      By the look of it it is a bit of a hustle designed to produce a largely science free bit of public relations by a lobby group..

      The guy behind it is Marc Morano

      The list presented by Morano in his minority 2007-2008 report has been criticized by Joseph J. Romm for including a significant number of people who are not sufficiently well-qualified to assess climate science, such as author Ray Kurzweil and a number of television meteorologists, such as Steve Baskerville, as well as scientists whose expertise is in geomagnetism.[9]

      Michael E. Mann has called Morano a “hired assassin” who “spreads malicious lies about scientists.”[10] At the end of 2012 Media Matters for America named Morano the “Climate Change Misinformer of the Year.”[11] The German magazine Zeit has described him as a “PR manager” and “climate warrior”, and called his career “a lesson in the art of lying”. [12]

      It looks like it is largely backed by the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow

      The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) is a conservative Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization, founded in 1985.

      Total revenues over the past three years have averaged around $3 million, as reported on the organization’s IRS Form 990[8] and its most recent annual audited financial statement.[9]

      CFACT does not disclose its funding sources. According to CFACT, it is mainly funded by private citizens and has never sought or received money from federal, state, or local governments.

      I’d anticipate that this highly un-transparent organisation has much of their funding coming in from Oil, Gas, and Coal industries and more expertise in PR and lobby group tactics than any expertise in actual science….

  8. finbar 9

    Capital and its usury,that most mortgage would sneek its question do you beleive,that our need is fucking up our planet and others to service my debt.Of course.Why is that,selfish ownership,its my home i will believe to protect mine.

  9. finbar 10

    Gasp your first lifes breath,just as good as your last gasp hold on,what has that breath air done for us.

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