Paul Thompson {Ecologist} | Projects and Campaigns to Feb 16

2015 CAMPAIGN AND REPORTING /FILM PROJECTS

Welcome to our 2015 Campaign and Reporting/Film projects page.

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2015/C1

2015 CAMPAIGN : fight to stop the sale of shark fins in the UK (shark fin soup SFS). This barbaric trade is driving the needless destruction of millions of sharks annually and is bringing some species to the edge of extinction. Trade has fallen by 70% in China through government "crack-down" yet in the UK we have identified in excess of 80 restaurants still selling shark fin soup.

AIM: obtain comprehensive research on UK restaurants selling shark fin soup, contact them seeking removal of SFS from their menus prior to publishing a "black-list" then deliver this information to government and seek a legislative end to the trade in the UK.

INFO VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6Q4MHX-GIs

SUPPORT: http://www.sharktrust.org/en/shark_fin_trade

SUPPORT: http://www.bite-back.com/

Feb - June : Data research

September : petition UK Government

2015/P1

CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS ON BIODIVERSITY IN THE ARCTIC AND NORTH ATLANTIC: This is a major project that will run over three years and builds upon the success of the 2012 documentary produced for the Insurance Industry “Greenland in Crisis” by Paul Thompson.

Release Feb 2018

2015/P2

NORWAY PROJECT "NO GOOD REASON": Field visits to Norwegian whaling and whale tourism regions. Despite a new Animal Welfare Act Norway still fails to protect marine mammals and in direct contravention of a worldwide ban respected by all but 3 nations (Japan, Iceland, Norway) they will quota a kill of 1300 Minke whales this year.  

INFO: http://uk.whales.org/issues/whaling-in-norway

Feb : field visit, tourism

July: field visit whaling

September: release

2015/P3

UK PROJECT "Sea Birds": A short film and accompanying photographic exhibition on the state of Scottish sea bird colonies with a focus upon Hermaness Shetland, Fowlsheugh Aberdeen and Handa island in North West Scotland.  

Jan-Dec: field work

Feb 16: release

2015/P4

UK/ICELAND/GREENLAND/SVALBARD PROJECT "Geese" :  A spin off production from 2015/1 this documentary looks at Greenland white-fronted and Barnacle geese and explores the significant difference in the success of the two species.

Jan-Dec; field work

March 16: release

2015/P5

WITH YOU OWN EYES : project to expand the CarbonFix Foundation "with your own eyes" concept which is currently focused on Sustainability and Climate-change towards embedding Biodiversity protection.

INFO: http://www.withyourowneyes.co.uk

July 

2015/P6

NAMIBIA/SOUTH AFRICA PROJECT "DEAD or ALIVE" : working on commission this project will focus on 5 animal species which are being poached to the edge of extinction. The project will focus on what and who is driving the poaching and the latest estimation from field zoologists on the risks of the species becoming extinct in the wild. The overall objective will be to produce a series of articles for publication followed by a hard hitting documentary under the "Wanted Dead or Alive" banner.

July-Aug: field work

December: release

2015/P7

AUSTRALIA PROJECT "MELT DOWN" : documentary exploring climate-change in Australia and the conflict between the short term financial benefits of fossil fuel extraction and the dangers of a climate that is in imminent danger of tipping out of control.

Oct-Dec: field work

Feb 2016 release

2015/P8

“DIFFERENT POLES SAME PROBLEM”: documentary highlighting climate change and the biodiversity challenges in the Arctic and Antarctica.    

April 2016 release